OMB M-12-10 Implementing PortfolioStat

PortolioStat is an IT portfolio management process and a decision support toolset to help CIO’s in Federal do better capital planning and infrastructure management while moving towards great shared solutions across the entire portfolio of resources.m-12-10_1

FDCCI included in Portfolio Stat

Steven VanRoekel, the Federal CIO issued a memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies recommending that Federal Data Center Consolidation become included in the goals and overarching activities of PortfolioStat.

See the attached memo for more details: M-13-09m-13-09

Vivek Kundra Leaves Federal CIO Post

Our Nation’s First Federal CIO

Posted by Jack Lew

Today, Vivek Kundra, our nation’s first federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) announced that later this summer he will be leaving the post for a fellowship at Harvard University.


When President Obama appointed Vivek Kundra as the first U.S. CIO, he said, “Vivek Kundra will bring a depth of experience in the technology arena and a commitment to lowering the cost of government operations to this position. As Chief Information Officer, he will play a key role in making sure our government is running in the most secure, open, and efficient way possible.”


When he began at the White House, he brought with him the promise of good ideas and a hard-charging style focused on getting things done, necessary qualities to tackle the difficult issues facing Federal IT – an aging infrastructure with rising operating costs, too many major projects failing to deliver, and increasing vulnerability to outside threats. Two and a half years after joining the Administration, Vivek has delivered on that promise.  He has cracked down on wasteful IT spending, saved $3 billion in taxpayer dollars; moved the government to the cloud; strengthened the cybersecurity posture of the nation while making it more open, transparent, and participatory.  His work has been replicated across the world from 16 countries that have deployed the model to tap into the ingenuity of their people to multiple countries that have deployed the IT dashboard to save money.


I want to congratulate him on his move to Harvard in mid-August to serve as a joint fellow at the Kennedy School and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.  We are planning for a smooth transition, continuing these remarkable gains in changing the way the Federal government manages IT and Vivek’s impact on cutting waste and making government work better for the American people will continue to be felt well beyond his departure from Federal service.

World Nuclear Power

The question of how many nuclear plants there are in operation all over the World is at the forefront of the minds of many of us in the data center industry. This has a lot to do with where power will be lowest cost and also where the Utility Supply and climate is condusive to building future data centers.

Here is a snippet from the World Nuclear Association:

“There are now over 440 commercial nuclear power reactors operating in 30 countries, with 377,000 MWe of total capacity.

They provide about 14% of the world’s electricity as continuous, reliable base-load power, and their efficiency is increasing.

56 countries operate a total of about 250 research reactors and a further 180 nuclear reactors power some 140 ships and submarines.

Sixteen countries depend on nuclear power for at least a quarter of their electricity. France gets around three quarters of its power from nuclear energy, while Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia and Ukraine get one third or more. Japan, Germany and Finland get more than a quarter of their power from nuclear energy, while in the USA one fifth is from nuclear. Among countries which do not host nuclear power plants, Italy gets about 10% of its power from nuclear, and Denmark about 8%.

In addition to commercial nuclear power plants, there are about 250 research reactors operating, in 56 countries, with more under construction. These have many uses including research and the production of medical and industrial isotopes, as well as for training.”

Here is a table of world nuclear power reactors that shows how many are in each country that are operational now, and ones planned for the future

My take on Facebook’s new data center

Inside Facebook’s new data center:

My thoughts on Facebook’s new data center:

The BULK of what Facebook has done at this facility follows what we’d all define as best practices; buy the most efficient gear for your apps – measuring and taking into account transactions per watt (if you can get the manufacturer to do a custom sku – more power to you), use the most efficient cooling for your environment (ASHRAE’s recommendation vs what server manufacturers will warrantee as inlet temperature and humidity envelopes increase is leaning towards ASHRAE updating their recommendations to what manufacturers are comfortable with – see HP for proof), have a clearly defined thermal containment strategy, find creative ways to reuse the waste product of your facility (water, air).

I agree completely with Facebook’s approach of building application redundant environments, rather than overbuilding redundancy inside facilities. I think we can all agree there. When the application is designed to be agile and highly portable – everyone benefits. If every enterprise that was considering building their next Tier IV data center, instead – first considered building more reliable and more agile applications (when latency appropriate), we’d live in a World with more efficient, more reliable applications that result in more efficient and more reliable facilities by the merit of their design.

Regardless of the margin of error (which I doubt is a ton) in measuring and reporting their PUE; I’m sure these guys are thinking more along the lines of CADE or something meaningful to help them plan their insane growth. I, for one, am looking forward to CADE outpacing PUE as valued metric of efficiency in our data centers; offering data center managers and IT leaders real intelligence around their facilities and applications.

-Alex Fielding (FDCCI)