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SEC takes 'data center 2.0' approach for EDGAR system

The Securities and Exchange Commission has signed a $17.5 million contract with IO Government Services, making good on plans made last year to outsource the data center services that support its EDGAR financial records database operations, according to a report in Data Center Knowledge.

EDGAR, the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering and Retrieval system, currently is run out of an SEC data center in Alexandria, Va.  SEC chairwoman Mary Shapiro said in a letter to Congress last July that outsourcing and shutting down the facility would save the agency $18 million.

The giant database, which supports the financial reporting of U.S. public companies, will be outsourced to IO Government, a unit of data center innovator IO.

IO offers a set of small, modular data centers that are convenient to house and designed to make it easier for customers to add computing resources as needed.

The company’s IO.Anywhere line of data centers are offered in a range of campus, enterprise and service-provider modules that include their own cooling systems and backup power. The modules run on the IO.OS data center operating system, which is designed to offer customers control and flexibility to scale services as the demand dictates.

IO says its “Data Center 2.0” approach “marks a shift from large real estate-based infrastructures to flexible and sustainable modular installations.”

Last fall, IO landed another blue chip deal, signing a long-term contract with Goldman Sachs for modular data centers and services. The company said that, in addition to its capital savings, the IO systems would help it meet its power and energy usage goals.

Posted by Paul McCloskey on Mar 19, 2013 at 9:39 AM


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