Federal Data Center Consolidation May Take a Decade
FDCCI aims to address the increase of federal data centers' infrastructure expenses, which comprise an average of 30 percent of government-wide IT spending and also pose a significant impact on energy consumption. The initiative intends to reduce these trends by promoting the use of green IT and reducing hardware and operations costs. It also emphasizes the need for overall information security, efficient computing solutions, and allocating cost savings to support mission-critical areas.
Key findings from Assessment of the 2010 Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative include the following:
- Agencies will focus on consolidating small centers/server rooms and optimizing larger data centers
- Virtualization will be the key technology solution, including the utilization of cloud computing
- Lack of upfront funding presents a major barrier to consolidation
The report also provides a detailed overview of federal government data center inventories, including central processing unit utilization, power usage effectiveness ratios, and INPUT projections on the financial impact of consolidation on federal IT budgets over the next five years. The data is delivered in Word format, and includes an executive briefing on PowerPoint, and an Excel workbook with data on the landscape and financial impact segments.