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Report: Billions Could Be Saved By Streamlining Storage

June 30, 2014

The government’s data center consolidation policy promises to save $5 billion by 2015 by eliminating redundant servers, but according to a new report from MeriTalk and data management firm Actifio, costs could be reduced even further if agencies focus on eliminating multiple versions of stored information.

The online survey of 152 federal IT managers found that 27 percent of the average agency’s budget for data storage went to nonprimary data — or copies of documents, applications, virtual machines, video surveillance and more.

According to the report, that means about $2.7 billion is being spent to store potentially redundant and unneeded data, a figure that is expected to rise in the future.

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