New IDC Government Insights Report Reveals Rapid Growth Opportunities for Open Source Solutions at Federal Agencies to Consolidate Data Centers

Mandate to Consolidate Data Centers Encourages Government IT Executives to Choose Open Source Solution Stacks Optimal for Easing Transition

FRAMINGHAM, MA -December 06, 2010 – IDC Government Insights today announced the availability of a new report Technology Selection: Open Source Solutions Will Drive Datacenter Consolidation and Cloud Growth (Document # GI225382) that examines how open source solutions are influencing government datacenter consolidation. According to the study, as federal agencies follow their mandate to consolidate their datacenters, both government IT managers and commercial systems integrators (SIs) are focusing on the abilities of open source solutions and open software stacks to help ease this transition.

Three of today's major solutions providers are Oracle, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard. The new report reviews examples of solutions stacks and potential stack components, including what IDC Government Insights refers to as the open source LAMP stack, a system used by Government currently that consists of the Linux OS, Apache Web server, MySQL database, and tools such as Perl, PHP, and Python.

The study details how government IT offices should leverage a two- to three-year window of opportunity to help influence the evolution of open source solution stacks chosen by large IT systems integrators (SIs).

The U.S. Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is giving IT vendors more flexibility with the types of software they choose to integrate into their solutions, and IT systems integrators sometimes can bid lower if they eliminate licensing costs. The new report reviews the opportunities for systems integrators and IT services companies to select and customize robust enterprise-wide open source solutions to penetrate the government market and capitalize on this opportunity.

"Datacenter consolidation is about much more than just consolidation," said Shawn P. McCarthy, research director for IDC Government Insights. "It's also about migrating to new platforms, improving IT economics, eliminating unnecessary software licensing fees, and reducing associated management costs. Our research indicates that with federal investment, centralized open source solution stacks have already emerged at government sites. Because of this investment, and because SIs are heavily involved in the consolidation effort, we expect to see rapid growth for some of these open solution stacks."

IDC Government Insights will present a complimentary Web conference featuring this study's content on December 7 at 12:00 p.m., U.S. Eastern time. Visit www.idc-gi.com/events [http://www.idc-gi.com/events] for more information.

For additional information about this study, or to arrange a one-on-one briefing with Shawn McCarthy, please contact Sarah Murray at 781-794-3214 or sarahbethmurray@gmail.com. Reports are available to qualified members of the media. For information on purchasing reports, contact insights@idc.com; reporters should email sarahbethmurray@gmail.com.

About IDC Government Insights

IDC Government Insights is uniquely qualified to track, analyze, and forecast government technology spending based on in-depth government budget and spending analysis globally. Expert analysts examine IT value based on government-defined key result areas; decipher policy and regulatory goals to identify game-changing government strategies and inform critical decision making; survey government decision-makers to determine effectiveness of IT vendors' go-to-market strategies; along with government-centric metrics and rankings of suppliers' effectiveness in addressing specific government business problems, all with absolute independence and transparency. IDC Government Insights analysts are located in the Washington, D.C. area and other locations worldwide. International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology, media, research, and events company. For more information, please visit www.idc-gi.com [http://www.idc-gi.com], email info@idc-gi.com, or call 703-485-8300. Visit the IDC Government Insights Community at http://idc-insights-community.com/government [http://idc-insights-community.com/government].

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