Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Plans to Shut Down 100 Data Centers by 2012, 800 by 2015

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Plans to Shut Down 100 Data Centers by 2012, 800 by 2015

It’s no secret that US Federal Government Chief Information Officer (CIO) is big on cloud computing. He had already said that he wants to move 25% of the government’s annual technology spending of $80 billion to the cloud. In fact, I had referenced one of his quotes about savings on the cloud in an earlier article (See: Quotes About Cloud Computing (And Some Background Information on Them).

Just like water from the tap in your kitchen, cloud computing services can be turned on or off quickly as needed. Like at the water company, there is a team of dedicated professionals making sure the service provided is safe, secure and available on a 24/7 basis. When the tap isn’t on, not only are you saving water, but you aren’t paying for resources you don’t currently need,” Kundra had been quoted as saying.

He had also introduced a cloud computing plan in December last year where government agencies were asked to consider a cloud computing option when they planned to launch a new IT project, and also asked to identify three systems they would like to move to the cloud.

Now, in a step in that direction, Kundra has indicated his intention to drastically reduce the number of data centers operated by the federal government. This may be a move to encourage the migration from traditional IT infrastructure to the cloud. “Since 1998 the Federal Government has increased the number of its data centers, from 432 to 2,094, a 385% increase. This growth is unsustainable. That is why we are actively shutting down 800 data centers by 2015,” he has been quoted as saying.

We’ve already identified over 100 data centers that agencies can shutter this calendar year,” Kundra said at a hearing of the federal financial management and government information subcommittee. He also mentioned that government agencies had identified 75 computer systems that can be moved to the cloud and are in the process of hiring vendors for the work.

Even before the aforementioned cloud computing plan, various government agencies had already started the first steps to adopt cloud computing (See: Governments and Cloud Computing – Where Do They Stand?). Expect the transition to gather pace as the year goes by.

By Sourya Biswas

One Response to Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Plans to Shut Down 100 Data Centers by 2012, 800 by 2015

  1. As a cloud advocate and evangelist, and as an American Citizen, I salute Mr. Kundra for providing something truly rare considering this is a story about the US Federal Government: Leadership…

    Mr. Kundra is correct to undertake the shuttering of existing outdated and inefficient Federal Data Centers, and the consolidation of certain existing services into a Cloud Based Utility Computing Model. He is demonstrating real Leadership by setting the goals listed, and demonstrates a real understanding of the value and savings to be obtained by moving away from a traditional ITSM service model and moving into a Utility model that will enable the rapid provisioning and deployment of computing resources based on need, and scaling on demand. This simple move of service models alone can reduce the time to deploy resources under a traditional ITSM service model from Months to Minutes using a Cloud Based Utility Service model. When was the last time you heard about a service provided by the Federal Government actually Getting Faster?

    The move to Cloud with even the “low hanging fruit” services, like e-mail services, will reduce costs by millions of dollars, provide better security, and provide a better overall service to end users, and that’s just one example. Shuttering outdated inefficient data centers, and consolidating services to new, more efficient facilities, filled with high efficiency critical infrastructure and server gear that leverages Virtual Infrastructure to a high degree creates a whole other cost savings opportunity.

    Congratulations Mr. Kundra… Please keep up the exceptional, and truly relevant, work…

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