Defense IT

DISA closes more data centers

The Defense Information Systems Agency has closed and transferred data center operations based on Ohio and Pennsylvania as part of its plan to consolidate its IT infrastructure.

DISA said Oct. 31 that it has closed data centers at Dayton, Ohio, and Chambersburg, Penn., and transferred those operations to other unspecified Defense Enterprise Computing Centers. The move is part of a larger effort called the Joint Information Environment (JIE) designed to streamline and secure DOD networks.

The agency said its effort to consolidate far-flung data centers and IT infrastructure aims to assure access to enterprise services while aggregating these services to achieve economies of scale and resulting cost savings.

In July 2013, the U.S. European Command opened an enterprise operations center that consolidated dozens of command and control nodes across Europe. Pacific and U.S. operations centers are expected to be rolled out over the next year, JIE managers have said.

DISA said about 30 civilian employees affected by the U.S. closures were either reassigned or elected to retire. 

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