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Consolidating Federal Data Centers Could be More Expensive Than Thought

In our previous issue of 5 Minute Briefing: Data Center, we disclosed the federal government's plans to close up to 800 of its 2,000 data centers. A new survey, conducted by Juniper, suggests that these efforts may end up costing just as much as running the separate centers. Why? Federal data centers are complex - 60%, in fact, run 20 or more operating systems, and 48% use 20 or more management software applications. As a result of the complexity, the cost savings created through consolidation are offset (or in some cases overwhelmed) by the cost associated with managing increasingly complex data centers. Surveyed federal IT executives predict that their agencies will require 37% more computing capacity over the next 5 years.

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