At least 36 federal data centers in Washington, D.C., area will be shuttered under a plan by federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, which includes a total of 137 such closures nationwide, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The D.C.-area closings affect 16 federal agencies — including the Justice, Commerce and Transportation departments.
As federal government IT, with Kundra’s hand at the till, continues to tilt toward cloud computing, closing down the cost-heavy brick-and-mortar data centers has long been a goal. But now, administration officials are moving.
In Senate testimony earlier this month, Kundra laid out the ambitious data-center plan: at least 100 centers shut down by the end of the year and an additional 800 by 2014.
Over the past decade and a half, the number of federal data centers has grown exponentially — from 432 in 1998 to 2,094 this year.
Efforts to consolidate and close the centers were, at first, hampered because the government didn’t seem to realize how many data centers it actually owned. An Office of Management and Budget review in October revealed there were actually 1,000 more centers than initially thought.