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This is an opportune time to put a stake in the ground – to talk about the ongoing costs of operating the U.S. federal government's data centers.
Currently, agencies are working to comply with the Data Center Consolidation Initiative (DCOI), which requires them to count the number of datacenters they operate (the total number is in the thousands) and to also count servers, associated hardware and software, plus the types of IT solutions being supported. Agencies are required to track the amount being spent on various components within their datacenters, and they need to make plans to reduce those costs.
However, as we focus on potential cost reductions, IDC does not anticipate that many agencies will see an immediate decrease in data center spending. Here's why: It can cost money to migrate current solutions to new platforms, and it's not always easy to simply turn out the lights in a data center, even if it is slated for closure.
Also, the DCOI does not have any special funds set aside to help with the closures, so agencies will be tackling the effort as best they can with available budgets. Our experience has shown us that the government's legacy systems have a tendency to linger longer than anticipated when agencies work to move them to new platforms, especially when they lack the funds to make the change quickly.


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