Feds Commence Huge Data Center Consolidation

Tuesday Mar 2nd 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

The U.S. government has begun the largest data center consolidation in history.

Data Center Knowledge: The United States' Federal CIO Vivek Kundra says that 1,100 data centers is too many. He's ordered federal agencies to submit an inventory of IT assets by April 30 and develop a consolidation plan by June 30. The plan will go into effect beginning in 2011.

Noting that the government had only 432 data centers in 1999, Kundra wrote, "This growth in redundant infrastructure investments is costly, inefficient and unsustainable and has a significant impact on energy consumption. In 2006 Federal servers and data centers consumed 6 billion kwH of electricity, and without a fundamental shift in how we deploy technology it could reach 12 billion kwH by 2012."

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