The latest report on the United States government's plans to virtualize and consolidate its data centers could take up to 10 years, according to the latest report from the government analysis firm INPUT.
U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra announced the Federal Data Center Consolidation plan in February. The amount of federal data centers grew 154 percent between fiscal years 1998 and 2009 from 432 to more than 1,100.
The government is looking toward cloud computing to deal with the problem. That could help stem the 29 percent chunk of the federal IT budget occupied by IT infrastructure.
Secure file transfers and managed EDI services will be key to any change the federal government makes. Data security is at the forefront of the challenges faced by the FDCC.
Also, federal agencies are hesitant to give control of their IT environments, and employees worry about losing jobs with the reduction in data center real estate.
Earlier this year, the White House issued a ban on federal agencies adding new data centers and Recovery.gov – used to track stimulus funding – was moved to a cloud platform.