Benefits consolidating data centers

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Powner, however, had an idea on how to make data center consolidation a more pressing issue in the eyes of the state - a rebrand.He said, via Federal News Radio: “I talked a lot with the transition teams, and IT is kind of a tough subject to get people to pay attention to, but cyber isn’t, and I think if you start with cyber and lead with cyber, it opens a conversation with key executives at the departments and agencies.Powner said that 12 agencies outlined plans with potential savings of 0 million, while ten agencies submitted plans without savings involved, and the Defense and the Office of Personnel Management agencies submitted nothing.

The new administration is still nominating staff and pushing forward with campaign agendas such as healthcare reform and The Wall.Of the active data centers, only 120 have embraced server utilization tools, including those at NASA and the Social Security Administration.While the overall goal is to close 25 percent of large data centers and 65 percent of small data centers, Veterans Affairs aims to close just 8 percent, and the Department of Transportation plans to close 4 percent of its large data centers over the next two years.In August 2016, the government finalized its Data Center Optimization Initiative, which laid out further plans for greater efficiency and a shift to the cloud, with FITARA remaining in force.Hitting the target closure timeline has proved tricky, however, particularly for the US Army, which is meant to shut down 60 percent of its nearly 1,200 data centers by fiscal 2018, but is not expected to reach that goal. “2018 probably isn’t enough time to get this done,” Dave Powner, director of IT issues at the Government Accountability Office, said at Meri Talk’s Data Center Brainstorm (via Meritalk).

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