Special Report

The Obama administration wants to cut the number of government data centers by more than one-third by 2015. It’s off to a good start in 2011, and virtualization is playing a big role. But after this year, things look less certain.
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Hitting a target requires knowing your starting point. Although the government has pinned down its total number of data centers, individual agencies are less certain about what they have and, consequently, what they need to do to meet the consolidation mandate.
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One problem is the lack of consensus on the right way to measure the savings and efficiencies that agencies should derive from data center consolidation.
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Server virtualization is already playing a big part in how agencies consolidate data centers, but other forms of virtualization could eventually play an equally important role in wringing advantages from the consolidation process.
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Agencies have several flavors of virtualization that they can use during the consolidation process or that help drive overall savings and efficiencies.
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