Agencies publish data center consolidation plans

Agencies, now in the second year of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, have published refined plans on CIO.gov as they move forward with the consolidation and optimization of government data centers.

In July 2011, former federal CIO Vivek Kundra issued a memo that laid out deadlines for closing unnecessary federal data centers. All 24 CIO Council member agencies had until Sept. 30 to complete their data center consolidation plans and progress reports. By Oct. 7, they were to have posted online their plans for consolidating the data centers. The plans have been cross-posted to the CIO.gov website.

A more comprehensive agency-to-agency breakdown will be available at the end of the year, federal CIO Steven VanRoekel told reporters during a conference call Oct. 6.

Participating agencies and all their subordinate organizations have to present a full master plan schedule with the agency’s consolidation approach, rationale and timeline.

 “These plans also include the governance framework and communication strategy used to manage their consolidation effort as well as the challenges experienced to date and lessons learned,” according to the CIO Council.

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