Feds Target 292 More Data Centers for Closure

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The federal government has has identified an additional 292 data centers that it will close over the next 18 months as it continues its data center consolidation. The Obama administration published a list of 114 facilities it will close between now and the end of 2011, and 178 data centers targeted for closure in 2012.

A total of 81 data centers have already been closed in the massive consolidation that will hopes to shutter about 800 of the federal government’s 2,094 data centers by 2015. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra cites the huge number of data centers as the leading sign of inefficiency and duplication in the government’s IT operations. The White House says it expects the effort will save American taxpayers as much as $3 billion.

The Defense Department is closing the largest number of facilities, accounting for 114 of the 373 total data centers that have been closed or will be closed by the end of 2012. Defense is followed by the Departments of Agriculture (44 facilities) and Justice (36).

The data centers added to the shutdown list this week are scattered across about 30 states and range from a 195,000 square foot Department of Homeland Security facility in Alabama to four Department of Agriculture data centers in the same zip code, each of which is less than 1,000 square feet.

A full list of the data centers to be closed has been published on Data.gov, which allows you to filter by departments and closure date. It also enables users to view the facilities on a Google map, which we’ve embedded below. It can also be viewed directly on the Data.gov web site.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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