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Kundra describes vision of three huge federal data centers

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra told reporters that while the White House is planning to close 800 data centers by 2015, but even further down the road, he sees a lot more consolidation.

“I envision three major federal data centers, Digital Fort Knoxes, that’s where we are headed,” Kundra said.

Kundra also talked about taking advantage of up-and-coming trends, including more focus on bringing federal agencies up to the level of private sector in their IT capabilities.

That could happen by giving federal employees each “a $2,000 subsidy to purchase their own laptop computers and phones,” he said.

Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Feb 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Reader Comments

Mon, Mar 7, 2011

Great! we'll get on that as soon as Mr. Kundra releases an implementation plan, gets funding from Congress (they're really generous now), and gets a qualified workforce that can do this work while continuing normal government operations. To quote Omar Bradley: ""Amateurs talk strategy. Professionals talk logistics."

Mon, Feb 28, 2011 Washington, DC

I hope Mr. Kundra was misquoted. Consolidating to three federal data centers would diamond-harden the already steel-like resistance to innovation in federal IT operations. The key concepts behind IT operational efficiency are ruthless pursuit of automation and self-service. Centralization is a side-effect realized by successful application of these other goals. And giving federal employees personal computers to increase their IT savvy is like giving people cars hoping they'll turn into auto mechanics. What's missing are the key ingredients of self-development and desire.

Fri, Feb 25, 2011

Single Point Of Failure, unless all 3 sites are mirrors with fail-over. Even if the sites themselves are hardened, the comm links leading to them would suddenly look like very attractive targets. And about all the security those have is obscurity. If collateral damage isn't an issue, you just take out every plausible manhole and equipment hut between the center and the telco trunk locations.

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