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DISA closes data centers, shifts operations to enterprise facilities

Oct. 31, 2013 - 03:00PM   |  

The Defense Information Systems Agency announced Thursday that it shuttered data center operations at facilities in Ohio and Pennsylvania and transferred that work to other enterprise computing centers.

The effort is part of a governmentwide push to drastically reduce the number of federal data centers by 2015, which the Obama administration projects will save agencies an estimated $3 billion by then. DISA did not say how much the consolidations saved, but the Defense Department has projected billions in savings by reducing energy, operations and maintenance and construction costs.

Personnel cost savings have been a sensitive topic for agencies, especially when it comes to discussing the impact consolidation will have on federal jobs.

DISA said 30 civilian employees were affected by the Oct. 1 data center closures and were either moved to different positions or opted to retire.

“The reallocation of operations from Dayton and Chambersburg enables the agency to consolidate and converge existing information technology infrastructures to gain financial and operational efficiencies across the enterprise,” the agency said in a news release.

The consolidation also aligns with the DoD’s Joint Information Environment initiative, a massive undertaking to consolidate and standardize thousands of disparate networks and other information technology infrastructure.

“We’ve got literally thousands of networks out there,” DISA’s vice director, Army Maj. Gen. Alan Lynn, said at a Washington convention last week. The goal is to reduce the number of data centers from 1,850 down to 100, Lynn said.

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