GSA: 32% of Data Centers Shuttered During FY 2013

The General Services Administration has moved to close 37 data centers and consolidate information technology systems as part of agency efforts to reduce its footprint and costs.

GSA shut 32 percent of its non-core data centers in fiscal year 2013 as part of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative aimed at cutting real estate costs and energy usage, GSA said Tuesday.

The agency also centralized its IT operations under GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini’s efforts to eliminate redundancies and enhance services for federal agencies and the public.

GSA Chief Information Officer Casey Coleman leads those program offices, staffs and contracts under the agency’s new IT office.

“Closing data centers are an important part of GSA’s efforts to shrink the federal footprint,” said Coleman.

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