Across the world there are new opportunities for data center and IT consulting companies to capitalize on the consolidation projects being launched in the Government sector. Like commercial enterprises, governments focusing on governance (no pun intended) of IT see the benefits of consolidation of the data processing footprint. Also like commercial enterprises, governments have business silos (perhaps even more so than commercial enterprises), with duplication of functions and roles, overlapping systems and technology, as well as lots and lots of waste. Consolidation portends cost savings through elimination of non-beneficial redundancies, and better application of good governance processes to the holistic IT environment.
In the government sector, these projects are big. Really big. In a series of posts, we’ll cover several countries around the globe in which the government is planning large scale data center consolidations.
Part 1: United States of America
In the United States (my home country), the federal government has embarked upon a six-month planning cycle to address data center sprawl. Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, instructed federal agency CIO’s to embark on a broad consolidation initiative to bring control to the government’s data center sprawl (now counting over 1,000 data centers). Goals of the initiative include: