Data center consolidation is at the top of the to-do list for state chief information officers, according to a new survey released this week by the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO). All but two of the 29 state CIOS said they had either completed or are planning a data center consolidation project, according to the survey, which was summarized by Government Computer News. Four have completed projects, while 11 have consolidations underway, seven are in the planning stage, and five have proposed a consolidation project but not yet moved to the planning stage.
The need to improve disaster recovery was the biggest factor driving state-level data center consolidations, according to NASCIO, being cited by 82.8% of respondents. About 65 percent identified cost savings as a major motivator, while 51.7 percent said aging facilities were prompting consolidation.