Government on track to close nearly 400 data centers by end of 2012

July 20, 2011

The Office of Management Budget announced Wednesday it will shut down 178 data centers in 2012 — including 60 in the D.C. area — as part of its effort to close more than 800 federal data centers by 2015.

The plan laid out by the administration would also close 195 data centers by the end of 2011 — up from a target of 137 announced earlier this year — bringing its total to 373 by the end of 2012. The administration said it has already shut down 81.

The consolidation effort is part of a broader effort to improve federal information technology programs launched by outgoing U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra.

According to an OMB-provided list of data centers scheduled for closure in 2012, the Defense Department will see the greatest reduction with 61. The Agriculture Department will lose 26.

Though the D.C. area stands to lose at least 60 data centers—some of the centers’ locations are not identified—OMB noted that the 178 are scattered across 30 states. Some are as big as a 195,000-square-foot Department of Homeland Security site in Alabama, while others, including four Agriculture facilities, take up less than 1,000 square feet.

The administration has said the closures will provide significant cost savings, primarily by reducing spending on utility costs.

“A typical data center will consume as much as 200 [times] the electricity of a standard office space,” Kundra told reporters Wednesday.

For a complete list of data centers that will be closed, click here.

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