(The Hosting News) – Out with the old, in with the new. As we all know, technology runs its course and eventually becomes outdated, thus rendering it mostly useless. That’s especially the case with various older government data centers as the U.S. focuses on integrating cloud into its various agencies. Then there’s the factor of possible savings due to the closures.
Yesterday the White House further detailed the U.S. government’s closure plan for shutting down government data centers in a blog posting. The plan is part of the Campaign to Cut Waste, a White House initiative.
According to the post, the aim is to have a total of 373 data centers shut down by the end of next year.
It was previously reported in April that the goal was to have a total of 800 shut down by 2015.
Concerning the latest details, the White House stated, “While such inefficiency is unacceptable at anytime, cracking down on waste is particularly important in these challenging budgetary times. By shrinking our data center footprint we will save taxpayer dollars, cutting costs for infrastructure, real estate and energy. At the same time, moving to a more nimble 21st century model will strengthen our security and the ability to deliver services for less.”
The post also featured a map showing the specific locations for the planned shut downs.
Meanwhile, the government is already aiming to have 195 centers shut down by the end of this year.
In late April, IT research group Meritalk estimated that the U.S. government could save around eighteen billion from consolidation efforts. That’s good news for the U.S. government who is already facing an ever-increasing budget deficit.
Last year’s information technology budget devoted twenty-four billion to data center database improvement. For more information on the closures, visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/07/20/shutting-down-duplicative-data-centers