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Army One Piece of the Puzzle in Closing Data Centers

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A quarter of the 800 data centers planned for closure by 2015 will come from the Army, but the service’s chief information officer said the closures are not about the centers themselves, but the data.

At an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association conference, Lt. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence said the closures are more about giving users access to the data they need anywhere in the world.

“It’s all about the data, not about physically shutting down data centers — that’s what we’re getting at as we move forward with this,” Lawrence said. “Being able to connect the next deployers, real-time on the network they’re going to fight on is about having a single identity, a single environment.”

Vivek Kundra, the former federal CIO, called for the closure of 800 data centers by 2015 in his 25-point information technology reform plan. The federal government has closed 81 data centers so far in this calendar year, with a goal of 195 closures. The goal for 2012 is to shut down 178 data centers.

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