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In February 2010, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued its Data Center Consolidation Directive to reduce the then identified 1,100 Federal data centers. Eight months later, the reported data center population grew to 2,094. Under OMB's direction, Federal agencies are working to cure their data center addiction to save energy and money, improve IT security, shift to more efficient computing platforms, and enable the data center workforce to focus on strategic IT initiatives. MeriTalk surveyed 200 Federal IT managers to gauge consolidation status, examine agency strategies, and share lessons learned. The "Federal Data Center Addiction: The Road to Recovery" report reveals that:
- Federal Civilian IT managers estimate they can save nearly one-third of their total IT budget or $14.6 billion through consolidation
- Fewer than one-third of agencies have submitted a final data center consolidation plan, which was due August 30, 2010
- 33 percent of Federal IT managers believe the consolidation goal is attainable