US releases map of data centre closings

US releases map of data centre closings

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US: The White House released a map showing the locations of the 373 data centers earmarked for closing over the next two years. The Google Maps-based map is sprinkled with targeted data centers from coast-to-coast, with the highest concentration in the Northeast.
The White House is closing data centers as a means to trim billions of dollars from its IT budget. By 2012, the US plans to close 373 data centers, representing about 800,000 square feet of space, or about the size of 14 football fields. The targeted data centers range in size from a 195,000-square foot Department of Homeland Security facility in Alabama to four Department of Agriculture data centers, each of less than 1,000 square feet in size.
If the White House reaches its 2012 goal, it will put the government almost half way to its plan to shut down 800 of its 2,000 data centers by 2015. The government expects to save about USD 3 billion annually. The US had planned to close 137 data centers by the end of 2011, but updated that to 195 by year’s end.
Source: Computerworld