Pentagon server consolidation opens new technology era

Pentagon server consolidation opens new technology era

Army Col. Robert Kirsch said it was a shift in culture as much as an information technology advance'convincing the armed services to get rid of 70 scattered server locations inside the Pentagon and to consolidate them into 16 state-of-the-art rooms.

'It is stepping out of the box,' said Kirsch, program manager, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the first server room in the renovated and recently opened Wedge 1.
The Army and the Navy will occupy the first server room.

'It is seeing how business can be done, how we can improve what we're doing,' he said.

It started with a July 29, 1999, memorandum by the deputy secretary of Defense calling for consolidated server rooms in the Pentagon to provide a conditioned environment to support all common server needs, and a governing body to operate and maintain the rooms. The Consolidated Computer Facilities Working Group was established to put the memorandum into action, said Margaret Myers, acting deputy assistant secretary of Defense. Myers said the technology is 'transforming the Pentagon into a world-class secure infrastructure.'

Art Money, former Defense Department chief information officer, said the server consolidation has several benefits: The Pentagon can save more real estate space; the services and agencies could drop parochialism; and operating maintenance costs will decrease.

Money stepped down on April 6.

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