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US Chief Information Officer Decides To Shut Down 800 Government Data Centers

US federal government chief information officer Vivek Kundra announces plan to shut down 800 government data centers, following policies to increase cloud computing efforts.

“Since 1998 the federal government has increased the number of its datacentres from 432 to 2,094, a 385-percent increase. This growth is unsustainable. That is why we are actively shutting down 800 datacentres by 2015,” Kundra said.

The Obama administration had announced its plans to introduce cloud computing across sectors back in December 2010. The strategies were chiefly aimed at reducing the costs and make departments efficient in what they do, as the government struggles to cut down on IT across all areas.

Kundra, along with David McClure, the General Services Administration's (GSA) Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies associate administrator and David Powner, the Government Accountability Office's director of information technology management issues, testified in front of a US senators committee that the cloud computing strategy was going as planned.

According to the IT cloud computing plan introduced by Kundra in December, government agencies were asked to consider a cloud computing option when they planned to launch a new IT project. Government agencies were also asked to name three systems they would like to move to the cloud, ( (opens in new tab)) Information Week reveals.