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22 THE PATH TO DATA CENTER CONSOLIDATION sprawl that inventories revealed numbered well into the thousands. While there have been some criticisms about the depth of agency reporting, it’s clear that consolidation has brought significant savings. In a September 2014 Government Accountability Office report, agencies reported an estimated $1.1 billion total cost savings via data center consolidation from 2011–2013. They predicted an additional $2.1 billion by the end of fiscal 2015, which would bring the total savings higher than the original FDCCI goal of $3 billion. Since former Federal CIO Vivek Kundra announced the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) in 2010, agencies have been hard at work, closing hundreds of data centers to reduce hardware, software and operational costs. Around the same time, the governmentwide Cloud First policy directed agencies to start migrating services to the cloud. Both initiatives were intended to address an epidemic of data center FEATURE | DATA CENTER CONSOLIDATION For more on data center consolidation visit cdwg.com/datacenter SOURCE: Government Accountability Office $5.3 BILLION TOTAL EXPECTED SAVINGS AND COST AVOIDANCE FROM THE FEDERAL DATA CENTER CONSOLIDATION INITIATIVE BY 2017 $5.3 Savings from FDCCI are predicted to exceed the original $3 billion goal, but that’s far from the only benefit agencies are seeing. 22-25 GSO MKT14F099.indd 1 3/4/15 3:57 PM
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