Massachusetts started out using its own data center in Chelsea. Over time, the center grew into a multitiered environment, and for its disaster recovery needs, Massachusetts worked with a third-party data center in New Jersey to house and manage its servers.
When the governor issued a call for massive consolidation, Massachusetts took a hard look at its IT spending. Although the data was safely managed in New Jersey, outsourcing to a third party meant paying higher costs. Each time a disaster recovery test was conducted, it sent 6-10 employees to the New Jersey location. Massachusetts was losing money, not only in terms of travel expenses, employee time, and employee productivity, but also in terms of technology investments and business opportunities. Its existing data center in Chelsea also presented an opportunity for reducing investments in equipment, cabling, and maintenance. It needed to figure out a method to save costs, consolidate, improve efficiency, and keep quick disaster recovery support a top priority. It decided to make a change.