The Federal government’s CIO says the growth rate of its data centers is “unsustainable,” so he’s going to shut down 800 of them.
Testifying before a Senate subcommittee, Vivek Kundra noted the government gone from 432 data centers to 2,094 since 1998, which is a 385 percent increase. He plans to shut down the 800 by 2015.
Kundra’s strategy for cutting IT spending include using light technologies, better project management, and working more closely with industry.
You can’t blame officials for being concerned about the money. At a time when the deficit looms large as an issue both practical and political, the government stands to lose between $205 million and $405 million on a single project at the National Archives. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) pointed that out in his opening remarks.