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

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.

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

    Umm... the federal government isn't a company. There are so many things wrong with calling it one.
    zul314
    • RE: Fed CIO Kundra: We need to shut 800 data centers down by 2015

      @zul314 Exactly what I was about to say.
      snoop0x7b
    • RE: Fed CIO Kundra: We need to shut 800 data centers down by 2015

      @zul314 I believe the article should also say "...the Feds have made progress with its IT dashboard of struggling projects..." not "projects". Doesn't look like the Editor-in-chief edited his own post!
      stobty
  • RE: Fed CIO Kundra: We need to shut 800 data centers down by 2015

    In 14 years they added 1600 data centers. That doesn't seem outrageous compared to the growth of the Internet and high speed access. I hope they don't shut them down only to need to reopen half of them in the next 5 years.
    Admin71
    • RE: Fed CIO Kundra: We need to shut 800 data centers down by 2015

      @Bookmark71 They won't have to reopen them, they can move to the cloud and/or outsource to private business who will manage the expenses better.
      willcoxonsr
  • Taxpayers didn't lose $405 million on NAER, we gave it away

    That money was an out-and-out <b>gift</b> to Lockheed Martin. Every time government auditors turned in a bad report on the project, Lockheed lobbyists would run to Congressmen with little bags of money, who would then call up the NA project managers and threaten them if they made any noise or didn't pay Lockheed for screwing up. You see the pattern repeated over and over on almost all big government contracts, from the "Electronic Fence" to the NextGen air traffic control system to the perennial black holes of VA and Medicare Healthcare IT systems. And you see the same big contractors in the middle of it over and over and over.<br><br>Instead of locking the company execs up for defrauding the government, they are golfing buddies, party hosts and pals who will lend their corporate jets to the politicians on a moment's notice. <br><br>All paid for by you and me, the next payment is due in about a week ...</b>
    terry flores
    • RE: Fed CIO Kundra: We need to shut 800 data centers down by 2015

      @terry flores

      Well said.
      bobwienholt
  • How many angels on the head of a pin?

    What does it mean to say that they are going to shut down "800 data centers"? In dinosaur days a "data center" meant an IBM mainframe in a glass palace, like the ones at NIH and Parklawn. Now they are presumably all server farms, but how many servers are in a "data center"?

    So they consolidate the servers in a smaller number of "centers," tell the Congress that they've "closed 800 data centers," and collect a medal.
    Robert Hahn
  • Data center defined.

    Some of what is counted as a "data center" are servers in a closet. The counts are based on distinct IP address ranges.
    TJGodel
  • RE: Fed CIO Kundra: We need to shut 800 data centers down by 2015

    Who's Federal Government, this website is read by more than just US citizens you know... and they aint MY Federal Government
    steve.potter
    • meh

      @harry.potter Get over yourself.
      ejhonda
    • RE: Fed CIO Kundra: We need to shut 800 data centers down by 2015

      @steve.potter @ejhonda
      Yeah, I think I'll start reading BBC and El Mundo and complaining when their stories focus on Eurocentric concerns and news items. Come on, BBS, El Mundo! Stop alienating your U.S. readers...
      dcolbert@...
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      gates08
  • RE: Fed CIO Kundra: We need to shut 800 data centers down by 2015

    What is Kundra's definition of data center?
    kevin@...
  • RE: Fed CIO Kundra: We need to shut 800 data centers down by 2015

    "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."

    "the Feds have made projects with its IT dashboard of struggling projects, but more needs to be done."

    "the Feds have made projects with its IT dashboard of struggling projects"

    What does this paragraph mean?
    bobatwork
    • RE: Fed CIO Kundra: We need to shut 800 data centers down by 2015

      @bobatwork pretty sure he means "the Feds have made progress..."
      tyson@...
    • RE: Fed CIO Kundra: We need to shut 800 data centers down by 2015

      @bobatwork
      I assumed it was a typo and should have read: "...made PROGRESS with ..." but now I'm not sure!
      tjamitch
    • RE: Fed CIO Kundra: We need to shut 800 data centers down by 2015

      @bobatwork
      DashBoard is Management Speak Bollocks, for simple stuff for people who don't understand IT or business. Unfortunately they seem to have the budget.
      neilpost
  • RE: Fed CIO Kundra: We need to shut 800 data centers down by 2015

    The interesting thing is what they are doing is consolidating data center and moving to the cloud but part of that is forcing more agencies into GSA data centers that cost the tax payer three times what private data centers cost per SF. Sure there are less data centers but the costs are higher. That is fed logic at work...
    tim237
    • RE: Fed CIO Kundra: We need to shut 800 data centers down by 2015

      @tim237 Three times...really?? Do you have facts to back up this assertion?
      josmyth