CIA's In-Q-Tel strikes deal to help intell agencies cut energy use
- By Rutrell Yasin
- Sep 07, 2011
A strategic partnership between an energy management company and In-Q-Tel could help U.S. intelligence agencies better manage power consumption in their data centers.
Power Assure and In-Q-Tel, the CIA-owned investment firm, have entered into an investment and development agreement to derive more efficiency out of data centers.
Data center managers within the intelligence community will have access to Power Assure’s EM/4 Data Center Energy Management platform, which allows managers to collect, synthesize and analyze the large volumes of raw data available from facilities and IT equipment. They can then turn the data into useful business information for making decisions in real time about improving the efficiency, capacity and performance of their data centers.
Intell agency has plan to cut power via software
“Power Assure is an important addition to our strategic investment portfolio,” said William Strecker, executive vice president of architecture & engineering and CTO of In-Q-Tel. The software will let intell agencies “drive additional efficiencies into their data centers by managing power consumption, optimizing asset utilization and aligning power management with business processes,” Strecker said.
In-Q-Tel has inked deals with other energy management companies to help intell agencies run more efficient data centers through power management. In July, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency announced plans to deploy MiserWare’s Granola Enterprise and Datacenter software, which lets organizations track energy use and savings across thousands of computers.
The software is available to NGIA through a strategic partnership between MiserWare and In-Q-Tel, which identifies innovative technologies to support the U.S. intelligence community.
The Obama administration has spurred agencies to reduce energy consumption and eliminate and consolidate data centers through the Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance Executive Order 13514 and the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative.
Rutrell Yasin is senior editor for GCN covering cloud computing.