Navy CIO issues guidance on data center consolidation

July 20 memo outlines instances in which exceptions would be considered

The Navy has placed a moratorium on investment in increased data storage capacity unless officials can determine that existing space is insufficient and that it is more cost-effective to expand an existing Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Navy-Marine Corps Intranet or Marine Corps enterprise or regional data center, reports Bob Brewin at NextGov.

The new guidance was issued by Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen in a July 20 memo that was publicly released on July 25 -- six months after a Navywide message from Vice Adm. David Dorsett, deputy chief of naval operations for information dominance, which barred spending on data centers, servers and server upgrades, and also called for the development of a plan by September to scale back Navy storage facilities by 25 percent, the media outlet said.

The Navy data center consolidation is part of a countinuing governmentwide effort spearheaded by the White House to shutter 800 centers by 2015.

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