A total of 300 federal IT workers recently took the time to grade their departments’ downtime management strategies in a survey conducted by Meritalk, as was reported in a Financial Times article.
The results of the survey were not pretty, indicating that downtime is one of the biggest cyber issues facing the federal government in 2015.
Some 36 percent of federal IT professionals gave their IT departments a grade of “C,” meaning average to below average, for downtime management performance. Additionally, just 29 percent of federal IT professionals believe that their IT department is fully aware of the impact that downtime can have on their agency’s overall performance.
Furthermore, about half of those surveyed indicated that their data center lacks the necessary computational power, data storage and personnel needed to ensure optimal efficiency.
This study is alarming given the fact that the transmission of real-time information is critical for facilitating a wide range of important federal tasks. These tasks range from safety inspections to healthcare. Without the help of a reliable network and a fully optimized data center, many workers are finding it difficult to complete important tasks.
What can be done to rectify the federal government’s data center woes? Real-time data center power monitoring, as well as environmental monitoring, is an essential technology that would help ensure the safety and stability of core government networks, in regard to power. Federal IT professionals require real-time access to energy consumption metrics provided by this technology in order to prevent system overloading, network crashes and capacity shortages. With such a technology, the federal government could gain critical oversight into real-time power consumption as well as environmental data.