Navy freezes server purchases

Move seen as step toward data center consolidation

The Navy froze its purchasing of servers and halted the creation of new data centers as a step toward reducing its IT infrastructure.

The only way Navy buyers can purchase new services, upgrade servers or add data centers is to get a waiver, the Washington Post reported

More agencies are expected to make similar moves as they line up behind the push for consolidating their data centers. The Office of Management and Budget wants specific targets from agencies on how much they will reduce their infrastructure.

“If you shut off the spigot and don't let anyone buy those kinds of things, you at least begin to get a handle on the propagation of the activity and you can begin to move in the other direction,” said Trey Hodgkins, vice president for national security and procurement policy at TechAmerica.

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has estimated that the government has nearly 2,100 data centers. Reducing that number will save on energy, real estate and operations. The move to reduce data centers also is part of his push for wider adoption of cloud computing to gain efficiencies and save money.

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Reader comments

Thu, Jan 27, 2011 hunh

What does Medicare fraud have to do with NMCI policy to limit unchecked IT propagation?

Thu, Jan 27, 2011 IBM

Read the WT special reports on Cloud. Its here, it works for Google, it worked for Cash for Clunkers. Virtualization is required to reduce floorspace and hardware tech refresh (every 3 years). Currently, servers are way over-powered for the small databases or reporting tasks they are fulfilling. However, every time a government department thinks of a new report or inventory they would like to manage, they stand up a brand new server. This mentality is unsustainable and teams must learn to use other data-sharing methods.

Thu, Jan 27, 2011 Virtualized

2100 data centers could be consolidated by 90% and the remaining 20 facilities on military bases will have Contingency Operations (COOP) between them to be sufficiently hardened from terrorism.

Thu, Jan 27, 2011 Peter A monterey

Whose secure cloud will they use?
We can't even guarantee PC desktop or our own laptop security
As the data can live on for weeks/hours much less on a multi OS SaaS
Or S*** cloud with cpus and gpus. OSs have covert timing
Channels and there is no guaranteed secure h/w architecture
And guaranteed secure cloud operating systems. Dataminers
Can have a field day on these systems.

Wed, Jan 26, 2011

Why physically consolidate to a few data centers that are highly vulnerable to natural disasters, terrorist threats and domestic terrorist threats? Might be smarter to consolidate operating protocols, software and software versions and acquisition. Seems tenuous to rely on the 'cloud' when it hasn't been proven any more secure or more efficient than too many data centers. Additionally, what are the cost savings compared to eliminating fraud in Medicare/Medicaid and overruns in government contracting?

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