In a recent episode of the Federal Technology Insider Podcast, we sat down with Jay McCargo and John Stanton of ARServices to discuss the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI), a mandate that requires federal agencies to establish a data center strategy, work to replace data center infrastructure with more efficient infrastructure – such as cloud services – where applicable, and optimize their infrastructure with new technologies when they become available.
ARServices is a government contractor based out of Alexandria, VA that is on the front line – helping agencies and government organizations such as the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) with their data center optimization efforts. Jay McCargo is the President and CEO of ARServices, while John Stanton managed the companies work and activities on behalf of the DLA.
During our initial discussion, we talked about the requirements of the DCOI, the reasons why it’s being implemented across the federal government, and what benefits agencies will realize from meeting DCOI requirements.
But despite the benefits of optimization and mandates pushing agencies to optimize their data centers, progress has been slow. Ultimately, the process that agencies have to follow to meet the DCOI’s requirements isn’t a simple one due to unforeseen challenges of optimizing data centers and roadblocks along the way. And the DLA hasn’t been immune to some of those issues and surprises.
In part two of our conversation with Jay and John, we dive deep into the problems that agencies face when they start the process of optimizing data centers, we discuss unexpected challenges that have impacted the DLA’s DCOI initiative, and identify ways in which private industry can help federal agencies make the optimization process a success. Here is what they had to say: