The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports federal agencies are slowly making progress towards data center consolidation goals. The report is aimed at goading action -- federal agencies reported limited reuse of data centers, along with server utilization rates dipping as low as 5 percent.
The GAO report features agencies claiming several challenges on the way to data-center consolidation. These included accepting cultural change as part of the consolidation; funding the consolidation and identifying the resulting cost savings; operational challenges including procurement and resource constraints; and difficulties in planning a migration strategy.
In spite of such obstacles, the report listed 20 agencies identifying a variety of areas of success, “although only 3 of those areas were reported by more than 1 agency.” Success areas included focusing on virtualization and cloud services as consolidation solutions; overcoming internal politics; and implementing new services to expedite consolidation projects.
- Posted by Tom/Bluedog