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UK govt data centers see ups and downs

Dated hardware and "accidental consolidation of risk" are posing risks to the British government's data centers, says a technologist, who advises IT managers to "rationalize" usage.

The range of size and capability in Britain's central government's 130-strong stable of data centers has led to security risks, according to a government technologist.

In some cases, a number of public sector organizations had installed systems in the same data center or colocation data center, without knowing they were sharing the space, said Andrew Bull, who chairs the CTO Council's public sector infrastructure team. This led to an "accidental consolidation of risk", he told the Government ICT conference in London on Tuesday.

"These problems have since been fixed," Bull said.

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