Navy moves ahead with IT data consolidation

Monday - 1/17/2011, 2:39pm EST

The Navy is moving ahead with its technology consolidation initiative by putting an end to spending money on new servers, server upgrades and data centers.

Under a new directive, any spending for servers or data centers that hasn't already been approved, will require a special waiver from the Navy's deputy chief information officer.

Navy has also asked senior commanders to create plans for reducing the number of data centers by 25 percent - and increase server utilization by at least 40 percent.

Navy hopes to have a final enterprise data center consolidation strategy in place by March. They've been getting some experience in that - through a data center consolidation project with the Naval Installation Command.

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