Fed CIO Kundra: We need to shut 800 data centers down by 2015

Summary:Vivek Kundra, the chief information officer of the Federal government, said Tuesday that the company is actively shutting down 800 data centers by 2015.

Vivek Kundra, the chief information officer of the Federal government, said Tuesday that the company is actively shutting down 800 data centers by 2015.

In testimony before a Senate subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, Kundra dropped this whopper:

Since 1998 the Federal Government has increased the number of its data centers, from 432 to 2,094, a 385 percent increase. This growth is unsustainable. That is why we are actively shutting down 800 data centers by 2015.

The vehicles for the Federal government to cut IT spending revolves around applying light technologies, improving project management, aligning the tech cycle with budgeting, streamlining governance and engaging with the industry.

The focus of the subcommittee hearing was IT spending in the government. Senator Thomas Carper (D-Del.) said in his opening remarks that taxpayers will lose $205 million to $405 million on just one botched IT project---a National Archives Electronic Records initiative. Multiply those bad projects across the Feds and you see why there's a 25-point plan to fix IT management in the government.

David Powner, director of information technology management issues at the Government Accountability Office, said that the Feds have made projects with its IT dashboard of struggling projects, but more needs to be done.

Topics: Data Centers, Government, Government : US, Hardware, Storage

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