HP Consolidation Update: 28 Sites Retired

HP (HP) says it has retired 28 data centers thus far as part of a larger consolidation that will shift its IT operations into six new facilities.

InformationWeek has an update on the data center consolidation by HP (HP), in which the company is consolidating 85 data centers worldwide into six larger centers located in three U.S. cities. CIO Randy Mott shares a status report:

The six data centers - two in Austin, two in Houston, and two in Atlanta - are operational. So far, 28 of the old data centers have been shut off and 700 applications moved into the new ones. ... The number of applications now stands at 3,300, and active IT projects are actually down to less than 500. Mott says he'll get close to the 8,000 mark for IT workers, but just as important is that the ratio of HP IT employees to contract workers will shift from approximately 50-50 in 2005 to about 90-10.

HP's plan called for it to build two 200,000 square foot data centers in each of three markets. In Atlanta, the facilites are located in Suwanee and Alpharetta.