Upon taking office a little more than two years ago, President Obama made it a point that the federal government would take better care in managing data and IT budgets through consolidation and a focus on cloud computing.
However, a recent report from federal IT network MeriTalk revealed that many federal agencies do not have a full view of their data management initiatives. Specifically, 23 percent of organizations aren't tracking the costs associated with data center consolidation and 24 percent are unaware of the efficiency of their data storage solutions.
With these areas falling short, it begs the question whether or not others are as well. For example, as with companies in the private sector, cloud computing security continues to be a main concern for federal organizations migrating their data.
Only when these agencies have a full view of their data management initiatives will improvements in federal IT be possible, according to the report.
"As a next step agency IT departments need to achieve improved insight into their overall data center efficiency and storage utilization gains to enhance their ability to reinvest those savings and improve service quality," said Mark Weber, president of U.S. public sector for NetApp, which sponsored the research.
Responding to the report, ZDNet contributor David Chernicoff said "while the data center consolidations appear on-track for the 2015 deadline, this study gives the impression that the entire process is pretty haphazard and inefficient."
Earlier this year, the National Institute of Standards and Technology released cloud security guidelines for federal agencies to follow when deploying the technology. According to the NIST, the protection of hosted data should be of the utmost importance for organizations. Security measures in place have to meet the requirements that also apply to on-premise solutions.