Navy halts data center expansions

Friday - 1/14/2011, 7:14pm EST

By Jared Serbu
Reporter
Federal News Radio

The Navy is moving ahead with its technology efficiency and consolidation initiative by putting the brakes on spending for new servers, server upgrades and data centers.

A directive issued Thursday by David Dorsett, the deputy chief of naval operations for information dominance, said until further notice, any spending obligation for new servers or data centers that hasn't already been approved will require a special waiver from the Navy's deputy chief information officer.

The memo also directed senior commanders to develop plans to reduce the number of data centers by 25 percent, increase server utilization by at least 40 percent and increase server virtualization by at least 50 percent.

The Navy is piloting a data center consolidation project within the Naval Installation Command. The service hopes to take lessons learned in that program and turn them into a final enterprise data center consolidation strategy by March.

Dorsett's directive also laid out an initiative to replace standard desktop PCs with thin client hardware as part of a shift toward service-oriented architectures. The directive, however, stated the Navy will give "special consideration" to making sure the clients can meet the needs of low-bandwidth and disconnected users.

The Office of Management and Budget will release its own agency-by-agency data center consolidation targets along with the president's 2012 budget request. An updated OMB review of federal data centers released late last year found there were nearly 2,400 data centers across all government agencies. As of July 2010, there were 772 in the Defense Department alone.

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra said in December that all federal agencies would reduce their number of data centers by a third by 2015.

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