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Government has Shuttered 64 Data Centers Since August

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The government has shuttered 382 data centers since 2010, 64 of them in the past three months, according to updated figures the Office of Management and Budget released Thursday.

Agencies plan to close 315 more centers by the end of September 2013, according to a spreadsheet posted to the government open data platform Data.gov.

The government had closed 318 data centers as of the last update in August. The latest update included all data centers closed as of Oct. 26.

OMB plans to shut down about 40 percent of the government’s original stock of roughly 3,100 data centers by the end of 2015. The program is expected to save $5 billion, though those savings won’t all have accrued by the 2015 deadline, federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel has said.

The initiative is aimed at modernizing the government’s computer storage by shifting to more efficient consolidated data centers and to computer clouds.

Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for Nextgov. He previously reported on federal litigation and legal policy for Law360 and on local, state and regional issues for two Midwestern newspapers. He also interned for Congressional Quarterly’s Homeland Security section and the Associated Press’s Jerusalem Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown.

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