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Terry Halvorsen: DoD to Establish Review Teams for Data Center Consolidation Push

DataCenterThe Defense Department will form review teams to assess DoD-owned data centers across the globe in support of its mission for data center consolidation, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.

Scott Maucione writes that DoD has worked to reduce the number of unnecessary data centers it operates over the past five years and will enlist reviewers to help the department determine which data repository hubs are eligible for closure.

“The endgame, what we want to do is close these, meet mission, which means that they can handle the storage, they can connect without latency and they’re secure, but do that at the best available price,” Terry Halvorsen, DoD chief information officer, told Federal News Radio.

Halvorsen added he believes publicly accessible data can be stored in commercial centers while critical unclassified information can go to high-security commercial facilities, according to the station.

The report said he will meet with leaders of key U.S. allies and information technology firms such as Amazon, Microsoft and Oracle during his five-day trip in the West Coast to discuss identity management, data sharing, cloud services and innovation matters.

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