The government is moving forward with a massive data center consolidation initiative that will slash the number of federal data centers by 40% from more than 2,000 to about 1,200 by 2015, according to Lisa Schlosser, deputy administrator of the Office of Management and Budget’s office of e-government and IT.
The government says it’s ahead of its initial schedule, and plans to close 195 data centers by the end of 2011 alone, with 178 more to be closed next year. Schlosser says the consolidation initiative shouldn’t be defined by data center closures alone. But the number of data centers and closures will remain key measurements of the government’s success.
Among federal agencies, the Army has already rid itself of 30,000 square feet of data center space. More broadly, the Department of Defense earlier this year announced plans to close 44 data centers by the end of the fiscal year. Both the Army and Navy have instituted moratoriums on new server purchases.
Other agencies with large numbers of data centers include the Department of State, with bureaus, embassies, and other posts around the world, and a number of other agencies that have federated management structures or numerous constituent offices, including the Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy.
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