Private cloud storage considered by Social Security

by Staff | January 13th, 2012

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is seeking ideas on a new enterprise storage infrastructure to replace aging systems, reports Information Week.

Private cloud is one option for a new enterprise disk storage device that would support the agency’s entire data-storage needs.

Last year, the SSA Inspector General said the National Computer Center (NCC) in Baltimore was approaching collapse and could cease to function this year; however, the SSA said it won’t have the new national support center ready to replace it until 2015.

In addition to NCC, its main data center, the SSA also has a second support center in Durham, N.C., and plans soon to build a new national support center in Urbana, Md.

Replacing its strained NCC, which was built in 1979, has been a challenge for the SSA and is a chief concern for the agency.

To help ease the NCC’s load, the agency built the Durham support center to back up the SSA’s most critical data.

In addition to its data centers, the SSA also has seven remote operations communication centers in the following locations: Birmingham, Ala.; Chicago; Kansas City, Missouri; Jamaica, N.Y.; Philadelphia; Richmond, Calif.; and Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

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