From low-cost open-source tech tools to better citizen services, government IT staffs show how creative -- and cost conscious -- they can be.
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The FBI launched a new virtual platform and data storage initiative called Distributed Application Virtual Environment (DAVE) in 2012 that is delivering big benefits. DAVE is a single platform that hosts over 100 distributed applications used for daily worldwide operations. It supports more than 1,500 virtual servers and resulted in the retirement of over 550 physical servers. The virtual platform is mirrored in two locations -- primary and backup -- and is replicated between sites every five minutes. A complete failover can be accomplished in less than 40 minutes with the touch of an icon.
DAVE provides a single storage and backup capability for FBI field offices. Copies of data are maintained at three different centralized tiered storage locations, resulting in redundancy at each level. The virtual platform and single-storage system is helping the FBI standardize hardware, simplify IT processes, reduce server costs and manage complicated operations and maintenance procedures at scattered locations. The DAVE development team, pictured here (from left), includes David Waters, Oscar Prestwood, Laura Cain, Daniel Meyers, Jason James, April Landers, Richard Butler and Gian Ventura.