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Data Center Movement Afoot

April 25, 2012
In mid-April, the State of Minnesota moved a step closer to consolidating 36 existing state data centers into three or four enterprise data centers over the next five years.

An RFP (Request for Proposal) hit the street on April 16, 2012 to solicit options for a 3,475-square-foot facility to host the State’s most critical computer systems by the end of 2012. After the installation of network equipment that will connect the data center to the State’s wide area network, occupation of the facility is planned for  early 2013.

The RFP requires flexible space capacity up to 12,000 square feet.

Executive branch agency leaders participated in a 2008-2009 study that established the business case for a consolidated data center strategy. The input from that study revealed a need for a safe and secure environment for the IT that runs the primary business of state government. Stated goals included improving the overall technology performance and reliability of the State’s critical business applications, and increasing information security.

It was also determined that consolidating data centers could increase service levels and make ongoing systems management increasingly agile. As a result, the consolidated data center plan will leverage investments in the State’s current technology and state employees’ skills.

The new, leased enterprise data center is expected to support applications that are business priorities for the executive branch, from agencies such as Public Safety and Health. Additional systems have already begun the move to consolidated state facilities, and will continue to do so over the next five years.