In recent years, many new political and strategic requirements for digitizing the public sector, federal states, cities, and municipalities have been confronted with massive new challenges. Due to the tense situation that has persisted since 2020, public digitization is currently experiencing an unexpected boost. In response to this exceptional situation, however, the implementation is often situational, unplanned, and uncoordinated. Now at the latest the urgent question arises, which is the best technical, most sustainable, and organizationally compatible solution in the future?
The fundamental digitization of cities is generally necessary and can no longer be stopped. The most important drivers are increasing urbanization with its environmental, mobility and energy supply problems, the growing demand for digital services and the practical findings from the pandemic. The municipalities are faced with the challenge of having to cover all the important fields of action in their plans to build a digital city: firstly, dealing with digital issues, secondly, building a digital organization, and thirdly, selecting and integrating suitable digital technologies.
Data Centralization and Software Defined Data Center
A city with its many administrative facilities, municipal companies and properties can be viewed as a data-centric hub. Diverse and different data are generated in a city, many endpoints, and interfaces interlock. In many cases, however, until today the data is often only generated and processed in the respective individual urban areas and limited fields of action. Only the department itself and very few of the other urban areas can access this data. Therefore, one of the first goals in a sustainable digitization strategy should be the implementation of a central OpenData City platform based on a modern, flexible IT infrastructure – as provided by NTT Smart Solutions.
For cities that operate their own data center, a central data platform opens the possibility of offering their citizens their own cloud-like services. The prerequisite for this is a modern data center with a high degree of automation. The first stage for this is hyper-converged systems for server, storage, and network functionality. With their virtualization functions, they increase utilization many times over. A completely virtualized “software-defined data center” (SDDC) is even more efficient. On the one hand, it has a high degree of automation in order to be able to operate specialist processes efficiently, on the other hand, in conjunction with edge computing, it enables the use of modern IoT applications for smart cities services.
In this showcase session, Dell Technologies and NTT will show you their joint Smart Solutions and how you can operate multiple use cases from various urban areas on a central hyper-converged IT infrastructure without having to enlarge your IT organization.