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[SERVER VIRTUALIZATION] Server Virtualization The Road To The Cloud Goes Through Virtualization Federal guidelines call for a move to virtualized environments, but little funding exists to make that happen. Without a mandate, it may take decades to finish the job. [ By Michael Biddick ] T o virtualize or not to virtualization really is not a question for government IT leaders. Driven primarily by the Obama administration's Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) and improving IT efficiency, most government agencies have embraced elements of virtualization, although the realization of these gains is moving a lot slower than anticipated. Federal agencies were instructed to develop consolidation plans that were expected to trim $2 billion off the federal IT budget. However, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported in July that "basic consolidation plan requirements, such as the need for schedules and cost estimates, are still unmet by almost 70% of the agencies." This should not be surprising given some of the unique technical and cultural challenges facing federal BYOD Quick Fact 70% The percentage of federal agencies, according to the Government Accountability Office, that haven't yet completed a basic plan for moving to virtualized environments 2 k

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