Kundra: ‘Golden source’ of data center savings due in the fall

July 29, 2011
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via Government Computer News

Agency data center consolidation plans, slated for publication online in October, will yield the most comprehensive information to date about expected cost savings associated with the projects, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra told attendees at an event on Capitol Hill July 27.

“Oct. 7 is when agencies will publish online detailed plans that will spell out exactly how much money they are going to save,” Kundra said. “Agencies are making sure information they’re putting out there is timely and accurate and they want to make sure that they vet all information,” he said, adding that agency managers want to make sure they are not inadvertently compromising security.

Kundra spoke at an event hosted by his office and Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee”s Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security.

The event included a panel of federal, state and private-sector IT officials who spoke about the status of consolidation efforts and advantages of moving to cloud computing infrastructures.

Federal agencies are required to close 800 of the government’s 2,094 data centers by 2015, with the goal of saving $3 billion annually. Kundra recently announced that a total of 373 federal data centers will be closed by the end of 2012.

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