Federal Roadmap to Your Cloud

Federal Roadmap to Your Cloud

Achieve Greater Efficiency and Contain Costs

Today, the Federal government operates and maintains approximately 2,100 datacenters, with a mandate to reduce that number by 800 by 2015. With virtualization, this goal is achievable, especially because fewer than 15 percent of Federal x86 servers are currently virtualized, according to recent estimates. If agencies undertook a simple 2:1 server consolidation effort, they could presumably reduce the number of physical x86 servers by half and achieve significant cost savings for this basic effort. Their savings potential, however, is much greater, considering that VMware customers achieve average consolidation ratios of 12:1, with many attaining much higher rates.

Imagine operating fewer datacenters but having greater agility, control and choice while reducing complexity and the $35.7B spent annually supporting legacy applications.1 In a virtualized datacenter, disaster recovery and continuity of operations (COOP) are easier, and they do not require multiple layers of duplicate infrastructure. Use of hosted desktops as a service to deliver applications and information enables personnel to access work securely during snowstorms or when family members require care at home. Think about teleworkers securely accessing applications and data remotely so they can stay productive, while the IT organization maintains the security and control it needs to manage agency infrastructure and data. With virtualization, these benefits have gone from imagined to real for many Federal agencies.

Virtualization is the foundation of cloud computing because it removes the dependencies between the software and the hardware that runs it. Agencies are no longer restricted to the traditional inefficient ratio of 1:1:1 for servers, operating systems and applications. This decoupling enables IT to turn underutilized infrastructure into an elastic, resilient, partitioned and secure pool of compute resources available to users on demand.

In the most recent Gartner, Inc. Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure, VMware was placed in the leaders quadrant.2 As an industry leader in virtualization, VMware is delivering a vision that is defining the new era of cloud computing.

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