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Industry News: Government Data Centers in State of Flux

August 11, 2011

As the United States grapples with recently decreased credit ratings and a volatile stock market, the debate over fiscal responsibility has reached a fever pitch. Issues such as healthcare, taxes and federal spending have drawn much of the focus (and ire) of those engaged in the debate, while questions like where to cut, when to spend and how to manage saturate the airwaves.

And according to a recent announcement by the Federal CIO (Chief Information Officer) Council, we now know of at least one sector in which the "where to cut" question has been answered - federally-run data centers.

At a proposed cost-savings of $3 billion total, the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) has outlined a plan in which a minimum of 800 government-run data centers will close by the year 2015 (and in the interim, a total of 114 by 2011 and 178 in 2012). 

The undertaking not only seeks to save money, but increase efficiency, remove unnecessary redundancies and boost operational stability via new technology across the government's vast network of data centers, which includes the Defense Department, Department of Agriculture and Justice Department.

Of course, Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) is no stranger to reliable government data center support at all levels - federal, state and local. And while current consolidation will positively impact performance and reduce cost, the essential need for quality government data centers remains strong. In that regard, CPI has plenty of experience with military and government departments, agencies, offices and administrations in the installation of CPI equipment in many mission-critical facilities.

That includes the State of Montana and its CPI/KyotoCooling®-outfitted government data center in the capital city of Helena. It's here where our innovative CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions (paired with KyotoCooling) are helping the state achieve incredible energy efficiency at a fraction of the traditional cost. Better yet, see the data center for yourself (on us!) when CPI hosts the first-ever U.S. KyotoCooling Conference on October 25-26 - details here.

Just as on-going consolidation points out, increasing the efficiency of any existing or new data center is a great idea. If you're interested in learning how, or simply how to measure your own efficiency, be sure to talk to CPI Tech Support at 800-834-4969.  If you're in the government sector and need more information on how to make a purchase, be sure to click here

Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist 

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