Report doubles amount of US government datacentres

Summary:The US federal government has twice the number of datacentres it originally thought it had, a public memorandum has shown.In February 2010, the federal government's chief information officer, Vivek Kundra, issued a memorandum that said it had 1,100 datacentres, up from 432 in 1998.

The US federal government has twice the number of datacentres it originally thought it had, a public memorandum has shown.

In February 2010, the federal government's chief information officer, Vivek Kundra, issued a memorandum that said it had 1,100 datacentres, up from 432 in 1998. A new memorandum, (PDF) published October 1st 2010, shows that the actual number of datacentres is 2,094.

The new memorandum, jointly published by Vivek Kundra and Richard Spires, the chief information officer for the US Department of Homeland Security, also includes a breakdown of datacentres by US government department. The US Department of Defence (DOD) leads with 772 datacentres, with the Department of State (DOS) a distant second at 361.

The US is currently in the process of assessing its total number of federal datacentres and is keen to slash the number as part of an IT consolidation drive. Recently it has commissioned a datacentre guidebook, to help provide context for its future datacentre deployments.

Topics: Storage

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