About two years ago, the federal government set in motion an ambitious and broad initiative to dramatically reduce IT operations. The goal: slow the sprawl of the government data center footprint.
Well, current federal CIO Steven VanRoekel says the plan is exceeding original plans and targets. In this blogon the White House’s Office of Management and Budget website, VanRoekel says by the end of 2012, the federal government will have closed 740 data centers. By the end of 2015, it will consolidate at least 1200 data centers, or at least 40% of identified data centers – a goal that VanRoekel writes “requires us to continue aggressively rooting out duplication and waste in our expanded baseline of 3,133 data centers.”
The data centers comprise all sizes, ranging from some as big as a football field to others as small as a closet. They represent, VanRoekel reports, billions in wasted capital.
The consolidation and closures are expected to save taxpayers billions of dollars by cutting spending on underutilized hardware, software and operations; improving cyber security; shrinking energy and real estate footprints; and taking advantage of innovative technologies such as cloud computing.
via IT World, continued here.