To support the production and Quality Assurance environments of the DSTA Enterprise System (DES) and eWorkplace initiatives, DSTA adopted the latest server architecture and virtualisation technology to optimise computing resources. 

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The successful application of new cloud technologies lowered the implementation cost, as well as power and cooling requirements of servers. This enhanced the overall operational effectiveness of DSTA’s IT services.

In addition, the virtualisation of servers and the integration of blade servers with fabric switches reduced the amount of space required to house physical servers by half. There was also significant cost savings from the reduced number of hardware and software licences. In addition, the DSTA team introduced measures to improve the organisation’s operational efficiency and productivity significantly. For example, the team reduced the time to set up the server infrastructure for the new IT systems from weeks to less than a day. Another measure was the unified identity management platform that simplifies account management for staff.

One of the key factors that contributed to the success of the project was the cross-domain knowledge sharing within DSTA to review crucial elements such as the server configurations, capacity planning and storage backups. This allows the overall technical design of DES and eWorkplace infrastructure to remain coherent, scalable and sustainable during day-to-day operations.

The virtualisation of IT infrastructure has enabled DSTA to deliver IT services with greater agility and efficiency, and provided a platform for mobility and data analytics innovations.

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