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GCN : December 2012
Federal agencies report progress toward meeting the Obama administration's goals to consolidate data centers across the government, according to an update of data center closures on Data.gov. The Of ce of Management and Bud- get website shows the government is on track to close 651 data centers by the end of 2013, based on information on closures posted by 20 agencies. Overall, OMB is committed to consolidating over 1,200 data centers -- about 40 percent of 3,133 targeted facilities -- by the end of 2015, an effort from which it projects cost savings of nearly $3 billion. But reaping real savings from the effort will require agencies to adopt new technologies, including uni ed computing platforms and improved business analysis systems, to achieve a more meticulous accounting of costs, a sharper focus on cutting duplicative systems and a commitment to tapping shared services opportunities, govern- ment and industry executives involved in the consolidation drive say. To help monitor these goals, the Fed- eral Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), launched in 2010, will be inte- grated more closely with PortfolioStat, a program introduced in March to help scrutinize an agency's entire IT portfolio with an eye toward eliminating duplica- tive IT services. PortfolioStat will broaden IT under review to include data centers, IT hard- ware, software and desktop systems as well as E-mail, collaboration tools, nancial management and human re- source systems could also fall under the commodity IT umbrella. The PortfolioStat review requires agencies to identify and consolidate two duplicative commodities IT services by December 31, according to Bernard Mazer, CIO of the Interior Department and chair of the FDCCI. OMB will release a report on the status of agencies' consolidation efforts this month and provide further details on how some of FDCCI's parameters for measuring data center assets and costs will be incorporated into PortfolioStat, Mazer said at a recent conference on data centers and cloud computing. David Powner, director of information technology management issues at the Government Accountability Of ce put the emphasis on developing ways to 6 GCN DECEMBER 2012 • GCN.COM ANALYSIS BY RUTRELL YASIN As agency data centers close, measurement tools take center stage [BrieFing] Closed To be closed by October 2013 [datapoint] Federal Data Center Closures by Department Defense Agriculture Interior Justice Homeland Security Health and Human Services Commerce Transportation Environmental Protection Agency NASA 114 151 32 32 42 11 38 13 17 25 29 12 25 15 26 14 159 19 1 Source: Data.gov