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Cloud Computing Closes Data Centers

We’re finally starting to see some real savings in terms of the data center footprint

Cloud computing has promised, since the early days, to reduce the burden on data centers. Yet, as we know, many data centers are still expanding, as even more and more business functionality moves to the electronic world. Still, for companies who have embraced the cloud, that growth has not been as fast as it might otherwise have been.

Now, we’re finally starting to see some real savings in terms of the data center footprint. The evidence comes from a rather surprising sector: the public one. Over the next four years, the federal government is set to close as many as 800 data centers, which is nearly 40 percent of their data center capacity.

cloud computingThese closures come as part of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, or FDCCI. The initial phases of the project included inventorying agency assets and creating plans for consolidation, and have finished up recently. The next phase is where the rubber meets the road, and those plans will begin to be implemented.

The initiative comes as part of a much broader policy of trying to move applications into the cloud. Today, the federal government lays out more than $80 billion each year for IT needs. This is larger than any other country, and encompasses IT hardware, software, and services.

By moving to a cloud model, individual government agencies won’t have to build their own systems and solutions. This means that the large number of redundant systems and applications out there can be reduced, and individual agencies will actually have access to much greater computing power.

The path is a proven one. By moving two departments – the GSA (General Services Administration) and the DoA (Department of Agriculture) to cloud-based email services last year, savings in excess of $40 million were realized.

The potential for savings, as you can imagine, is huge. The sheer size of the federal government, with every department creating its own solutions, is a situation that’s ripe for duplication. The kinds of efficiency improvements that this initiative can make, even for organizations and companies much smaller in scale, are compelling. As more businesses move toward cloud solutions, we’re likely to see significant overall savings in the IT sphere.

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