Consolidating from 70 racks and 800 servers to three cabinets… California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Agency Chief Information Officer Joe Panora discusses moving to the Federated Data Center. Click below to watch the video.


I’m Joe Panora. I’m the agency CIO for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. And in my role I really make sure that our agency is aligned with the current administration, specifically with the Technology Agency, where they’re going with technology. So I take that back into our department and I make sure from an IT policy and an IT strategic plan, from an IT governance, from a project portfolio, that we’re really managing that at the enterprise level.

And we really were faced with do we — were we going to invest a lot of money in our leased facility and bring our data center up to a Tier 3 standard, or did it make more sense to look at other options that are available.

Now, we weren’t the only department that was in this scenario. There were multiple departments that had data center assessments done. A lot of them were sitting in the same situation I was. So the FDC kind of came out of a result of that.

And so we looked at that and we formed kind of a coop tenant environment. And there were three anchor tenants. There was the California Prison Healthcare, there was obviously Corrections, and then there was the Department of Healthcare Services. So those are your three anchor tenants. Along with OTEC the Technology Agency formed this coop multi-tenant environment.

And the FDC really allowed us to basically consolidate, virtualize, and move into an environment where we had a shared infrastructure so I could minimize my costs and the cost was spread amongst multiple departments. And now I get to really focus on basically managing my server environment and deploying rapidly my systems and applications.

My environment right now is about a 5,000 square feet computer room in Rancho Cordova. It’s a leased facility. I have about 70 racks. I have about a little under 800 servers. By the time I get done moving into the FDC environment I’m going to be in a high density, high virtualized environment. I will go from 70 racks to three cabinets. So if I actually stretched out my arms and did my wingspan, I could touch end to end the space that I’m going to have in the FDC. That’s a significant reduction in foot space, as far as your footprint that you need your overall footprint. So I significantly reduced that, I reduced my power consumption, and now I can really focus on managing my server environment.