Big government getting smaller, at least in data centers

The Defense Department hopes to save as much as $680 million by 2015, thanks to data center consolidation.

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Specifically, the Defense Department says it could achieve annual savings of $58 million in energy costs, $511 million in aggregate data center building operational costs, and $111 million in construction costs by fiscal year 2015. Of course, those savings do not include upfront costs needed for consolidation, such as capital investments for new infrastructure, application migration, software and data center infrastructure as well as increased operational costs for more state-of-the-art data centers.

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