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US info chief calls for 800 datacentre closures

Vivek Kundra, the US federal government's chief information officer, has said datacentre growth is 'unsustainable' after a 385-percent increase since 1998
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Written by Larry Dignan, Contributing Editor on

Vivek Kundra, chief information officer of the US federal government, said on Tuesday that the government is actively shutting down 800 datacentres by 2015.

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The government will shut 800 datacentres by 2015, chief information officer Vivek Kundra has said. Photo credit: CBS News

"Since 1998 the federal government has increased the number of its datacentres from 432 to 2,094, a 385-percent increase. This growth is unsustainable. That is why we are actively shutting down 800 datacentres by 2015," Kundra said in testimony before a Senate subcommittee on federal financial management, government information, federal services and international security.

The federal government is looking to cut IT spending by applying light technologies, improving project management, aligning the tech cycle with budgeting, streamlining governance and engaging with the industry.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Fed CIO Kundra: We need to shut 800 data centers down by 2015 on ZDNet.com.


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