Mike Giesler, VP, systems engineering, U.S. public sector, NetApp, discusses lowering the cost of government with technology in this interview with FedScoopTV.
“IT can help lower the cost of government in a number of ways. First and foremost, it can help lower capital costs and operational costs within IT itself, but it can also help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of how we deliver government. We’re in an era of explosive data growth: IDC predicts that data growth will be 50 percent, per year — that’s 58 times over the course of this decade. So if a customer has a database that’s 100 terabytes today, which is big, by the end of this decade, it will be 5.8 petabytes in size. That’s just one example of that explosive data growth. We’re creating and capturing more data than we ever have before. We’re storing it for longer periods of time and the richness of that data is greater than it’s ever been before. So you look at Gartner — one other interesting data point — Gartner shows that the fastest-growing expense in the IT data center today is storage. So when you think about the efficiency of government, you think about lowering the cost of government, with all those data points, you have to look at the data first and the cost of storing, securing and managing that data.”