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Navy and Marines Directed to Use Virtual Servers by 2017 (, July 31, 2013)
The Navy and Marine Corps must run all operating systems and applications in a virtual server environment, Navy Department CIO Terry Halvorsen said in a memo released Wednesday. Read more

Navy Department, Marines Plot Their Course Toward the Cloud (FedTech Magazine, July 31, 2013)
The Department of the Navy, which is in the early stages of cloud adoption, will take a hybrid approach to the technology, says Department of the Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen, who oversees IT for both the Navy and the Marine Corps. Read more

Definition changes 'driving force' behind federal data center tally, says VanRoekel (, July 29, 2013)
Changes in the OMB definition of "data center" are more responsible for the growth in enumerated federal data centers than poor inventory management, according to Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel. Read more

Agencies Face Tall Order in Closing Data Centers (Washington Post, July 28, 2013)
Three years into the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, there is still no official count of data centers (numbers have ranged from 2,100 to 7,000), no publicly available agency goals and no agreed upon way to measure savings. Read more

Lawmakers Grill Federal CIO on Data Center Numbers (Information Week, July 26, 2013)
Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel, speaking before a House subcommittee Thursday, defended the OMB’s sudden acknowledgement that the number of federal data centers now totaled more than 7,000, more than twice the number that had been reported as recently as May. Read more

Shifting Numbers Cast Doubt on Federal Data Center Consolidation (Signal Magazine, July 26, 2013)
Initiatives to trim the number of federal government data centers have been beset by unforeseen delays in meeting goals. Testifying before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on July 25, heads of several federal oversight agencies discussed why ongoing efforts have faltered and disagreed with the committee’s interpretation of the situation. Read more

Agencies report more than $1 billion in IT savings (Federal Times, July 25, 2013)
Agencies have saved $885 million over the past year by consolidating duplicative information technology systems, buying in bulk and eliminating failing IT projects, the administration is expected to announce Thursday. Read more

House subcommittee troubled over data center updates (, July 25, 2013)
The federal government spends more than $80 billion a year on information technology, with some portion of that money paying for the operation and maintenance of some 7,100 data centers. And yet, the government may still not really know how many centers it has. Read more

Number of U.S. Government IT Facilities Rises to 7,000 (, July 25, 2013)
The U.S. government wants its servers to come out of the closets. But first it has to figure out exactly how many server closets it has, and the number continues to be a moving target. Read more

Count of data centers grows – again (Federal Times, July 25, 2013)
In 2011, the Obama administration estimated the government had about 3,100 data centers. A June recount yielded more than 6,000. Now that number has grown again — to 7,145. Read more

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Tom Deierlien, founder/CEO of ThunderCat Technologies, discusses data center consolidation and other issues affecting federal IT leaders, pertinent case studies and as a useful tool on 1500 AM Federal News Radio’s show Federal Tech Talk.


FDCCI Watch consisted of a series of topical FDCCI-related radio briefings written by journalists at WTOP FM 103.5, Washington's only all-news radio station.

The federal government will continue its data center consolidation plans under new CTO Todd Park, replacing Aneesh Chopra.

The Department of Interior issued an RFI for ideas and best practices in moving its 70,000 employees to a new data and applications hosting model.

Canada announces that Shared Services Canada will be the country’s sole IT provider, and will slash 300 data centers down to 20 and combine 100 email systems into one.

The Federal Data Center consolidation task force wants to create a data center marketplace designed to let agencies leverage unused capacity.

President Obama’s 2013 budget proposal provides $79 billion for IT spending, down 1.2 percent from last year.

Introducing, an online community that helps agencies navigate the six phases of the FDCCI mandate.

Virtualization could save federal agencies $30 billion by 2015 a study by MeriTalk shows.
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