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Only One in 20 Federal Data Centers Ready for the Near Future, Study Finds


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A new study of 150 federal government IT managers suggests data center modernization can save at least $10 billion a year, or about one-seventh of current IT spending. Just 11% of federal IT managers believe their data centers are ready to meet agency missions today.

These are the findings of MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT. The 5-year outlook is bleak, with less than 5% reporting their data centers have the security, speed, and capacity they need to meet the data center demands of 2021. More than half (60%) of respondents say their agency would save at least 20% of their IT budget if they successfully address data center power consumption, capacity, footprint, speed, and security – that’s nearly $10 billion in annual savings.

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