Kinney Group, Inc.: Disk is Dead - Forward Thinking Themes for Building Next-Generation Federal Data Centers
“With the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, IT funding for DoD and IC agencies is under downward pressure. Though mission tempo has not subsided and mission systems are no less complex, these agencies are under increasing pressure to reduce both operational and capital expenditure costs. We passionately believe that these agencies can leverage contemporary approaches to reduce costs, while at the same time providing better service levels to their stakeholders,” explains Kinney. “Use of emerging platforms such as all-flash storage arrays is a great example of how contemporary thinking can dramatically improve service levels and security, while at the same time significantly drive down overall costs.”
Deriving from Wayne Gretzky’s theory of “skating to where the puck will be”, the company’s strategic focus is on emerging technologies that will aid Federal data center operators in creating more agile and secure capabilities, while also driving down costs. “Our mission is to help DoD and IC programs skate towards where the puck is going to be.
“We focus on trying to make things simple. By leveraging next-gen data center technologies, automation, and analytics, we can enable even the most junior personnel with the ability to effectively deploy and sustain complex mission systems. As an example, with one of our DoD customers we used automation to reduce the manpower for deploying a complex system from over 80 hours of manual effort to just 6 minutes.” explains Kinney. Kinney Group designed, built, secured and accredited a private cloud capability that is in production today that uses this automated capability. The company believes that literally any DoD community or activity could leverage this design to quickly bring a private cloud capability to their agency. “One of the key things that we have been able to do is to harden and accredit advanced platforms that enable private cloud capabilities to work on secure networks such as SIPRNet and JWICS,” elucidates Kinney. “We have done so in a fashion that creates a reference design that any defense or intelligence agency can leverage and quickly be able to implement a private cloud capability.”
With the commitment of delivering ‘the unexpected experience’, Kinney Group continues to leverage next-generation technologies and use proven engineering practices combined with agile development principles, to create customized, cost-effective solutions for the next generation of Federal data centers