Friday, July 20, 2012

US government data center consolidation chugs along

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

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