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Optimizing the Data Center

July 5, 2017

Legacy technology costs the federal government a lot of money. Statistically, around 80 percent of the government’s $80 billion IT budget goes toward past-generation systems that, as former U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott used to say, “keep the lights on.”

In reality, these systems are often performing mission-critical activities, and many are housed within the government’s inventory of 10,000 data centers. Despite a mandate by the Obama administration in 2010 to close and consolidate data centers, the federal government only learned how many data centers it had in the past two years.

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