Navy Outlines Data Center Closure Goals, Commercial Push; Ari Astles Comments

NavyC4ISRThe U.S. Navy plans to consolidate more than 12, 000 servers and close 67 data centers, Federal Times reported Monday.

Nicole Blake Johnson writes the Navy originally planned to close 4, 932 servers by fiscal 2017 and has close-to-tripled its goals.

Citing a request for information, Johnson reports the Navy will also examine the possibilities for hosting its data in commercial facilities.

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command will lead the consolidation effort for the Navy, according to the report.

The Navy is also considering plans to migrate applications to Navy Enterprise Data Centers, Defense Information Systems Agency facilities and Navy-Marine Corps Intranet hosting sites.

In June, the Office of Management and Budget announced that it counts the number of federal data centers at around 6, 000, around double previous counts, after an examination of what counted as a data center.

Ari Astles, an OMB spokesperson,  told ExecutiveGov in August that “since the (Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative) began back in 2010, OMB has expanded the definition of a data center to include data centers of all types and sizes” in an effort to “have a more comprehensive analysis of resources used, efficiencies realized, and also helps us to better protect our assets.”

DISA is also working to consolidate its data centers and IT infrastructures and the Air Force recently awarded a contract for market research into modernizing the U.S. National Data Center program.

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