The Road To The Cloud Goes
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 ]
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
The percentage of federal agencies,
according to the Government
Accountability Office, that haven't
yet completed a basic plan for
moving to virtualized environments