The long-term vision for the NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE) datacenter is to transform its current IT operation into a utility- and customer-oriented service model. We will tailor our solutions strategically, according to the NYCDOE’s educational business needs, and set the direction for developing a standardized platform. The platform will leverage traditional infrastructure, as well as private and public cloud offerings. This platform will allow applications and infrastructure components to converge into product-service offerings, two of which are unified storage and enterprise servers. Unified storage and enterprise servers will help with the organization’s strategic approach to IT consolidation, and with building the datacenter of tomorrow.
Goal and Strategy to Obtain Vision
There is a high demand for storage and servers, which are usually associated with projects for implementing new applications, especially in educational IT. Storing and sharing data on a secured online storage platform is vital to the organization’s intellectual capital growth and business dynamics.
The goal of DIIT’s plans for unified storage is to be able to offer storage as a service to meet all education-related computing needs. We want to transform the way we use storage today, into an enterprise class service. We are moving towards consolidating all datacenter IT resources, including application and user data, into a centralized storage and server environment. A cloud-oriented environment, leveraging both an internal private cloud and external public clouds, will service the new datacenter environment. Combining unified storage with enterprise servers as part of the solution will reduce overall IT costs and provide the foundation for building a resilient datacenter. Virtualization and cloud technologies, which require storage, memory and computing power for their high-availability needs, ultimately reduce the overall physical server hardware footprint in the datacenter. With virtualization and cloud technologies forming the basis of the unified storage and enterprise server architecture, we will enable a dynamic datacenter infrastructure with high capability in terms of availability and the ability to perform “storage thin provisioning”—incrementally increasing storage capacity on-demand or as business grows. Unified storage and enterprise servers are the enabling technologies to provide an application and server virtualization solution for the enterprise, and form the foundation for a greener datacenter.