The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a memo early this month updating the status of its program to assist agencies to identify their current data centers and to develop a technological roadmap for consolidating these assets.  The Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative was established in February to address the problem of agencies’ data center growth and to promote best practices learned from the private sector.  The initial guidance asked agencies to inventory data center assets and develop consolidation plans.  OMB defined a data center as any room devoted to data processing greater than 500 square feet.  The OMB update reported that agencies identified 2,094 data centers as of July 30, 2010.  DoD leads all agencies in the number of data centers with 772.  The Department of State is second with 361 and the Department of Interior follows with 210 centers.  At the other end of the data center spectrum, the Office of Personnel Management has only one center, while the Agency for International Development, the Social Security Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development all have two.  OMB reports that all agencies have completed preparing their consolidation plans and final approval of those plans is expected by the end of the year.