October 10, 2011

US Navy unveils new "green" data center

References: Navy.mil (1)

News Report

US Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWARunveiled a new data center that will play a key role in consolidating more than 100 Navy data centers to increase effectiveness and efficiency and to reduce costs while still meeting the Navy's security and operational requirements.

The Centre

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC Atlantic) in Charleston is one of the five field activities of US Navy's SPAWAR, and its systems centers provide much of the tactical and non-tactical information management technology required by the Navy to complete its operational missions.

Construction of the new data SSC Atlantic's centre began on Oct. 15, 2010 and was recently completed. The $9.498 million data center was designed to the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design silver rating standard.

The Navy's data center consolidation initiative will provide cost-savings due to reductions in physical locations, power and data center management contracts.
The Context

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus laid out five aggressive energy goals in October 2009 to improve energy security and efficiency, increase energy independence, and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy. This initiative assists in achieving the energy goal of increasing alternative energy afloat and ashore where by 2020, the Department of the Navy (DON) will produce at least 50 percent of shore-based energy requirements from alternative sources and 50 percent of DON installations will be net-zero.


"This data center will be part of the Navy's data center consolidation effort. Not only is this data center efficient, it's green. That is another big piece of what we want to do. We need to protect the environment and the resources that we have. This data center will help us do that," said Navy's Chief Information Officer Halvorsen, who is the Navy's senior official on matters related to information management, information technology/cyberspace and information resources management. He is also the Department of the Navy's lead for IT/cyberspace efficiency.

"We are here today to support the Sailors and Marines underway and in harm's way. The demand for IT efficiencies and demand for efficiencies at large across our Navy are increasing. Through facilities like this and efforts like this, we are able to not only increase our IT efficiencies and reduce our spending in IT, but also build up a core of quality professionals, diverse IT professionals, that can man, manage, and engineer such a facility and maintain it," said Weddel, assistant deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance.

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