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US agencies failing data centre targets


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 11 September, 2017


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Most US agencies aren't even attempting to meet the goals for data centre optimisation laid out in a mandate from the US Office of Management and Budget, a recent audit has found.

The Government Accountability Office has conducted a review and discovered that 17 of 22 agencies covered by the mandate aren't planning to meet the October 2018 target for the mandate.

In addition, only four of 24 required agencies have implemented tools that can measure their server use, with 18 lacking fully documented plans to do so and the remaining two lacking agency-owned data centres.

The audit found that the failure to meet the targets could compromise the plan's goal of achieving US$2.7 billion ($3.35 billion) in cost savings through data centre optimisation.

Legislation passed in 2014 requires agencies to meet targets in categories including energy metering and power usage effectiveness as well as consolidating inefficient data centres.

The audit raises questions about whether agencies should be maintaining their own data centres, the office's director of IT Dave Powner told Nextgov in an interview. He suggested that the agencies explore alternative approaches including investing more in cloud computing and outsourcing some data centre maintenance.

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