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Federal Government Data Center Consolidation Gets Under Way To Reduce Data Centers by 40% By 2015

Posted Dec 12 2010 3:40am

The goal is from the US CTO is reduce the number of federal data centers by 40% by 2015 and the federal government, unlike private industry has been increasing their server stock pile.  Here we come back to the IT Illiterate Senate and I’m sure another bill will be around again to allow data centers to be consolidated.  Here's a couple posts from the recent past.  image

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Again, perhaps by the time another bill comes up perhaps the Senate will think again about funds in the budget to allow server consolidation to occur.  BD

The first two phases of the federal government's long-term data center consolidation effort--an agency-by-agency inventory of data center assets, followed by submission of draft consolidation plans--have been completed. Now begins the hard work: Implementing those plans, with the goal of reducing the number of federal data centers by 40% by 2015.

It's an aggressive goal, but one that has the backing of President Obama. In June, Obama issued a memo instructing agencies to adopt a zero-growth strategy for data center space over the near term, to be followed by a reduction in data center floor space over the next five years.

Four months before that presidential memo, federal CIO Vivek Kundra introduced the government's overarching plan, the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI). At the time, Kundra laid out a series of deliverables with deadlines culminating on Dec. 31, 2010, when the final data center consolidation plans are to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget.

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