U.S. Chief Performance Officer and Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director for Management Jeffrey Zients announced 178 federal data center closures for 2012. Eighty-one centers have already closed and 195 will shut down by end of this year, bringing the total to 373 by the end of 2012.
Zients writes on the OMB Blog:
The data centers being added to the shut down list today are scattered across about 30 states and range from a 195,000 sq ft Department of Homeland Security facility in Alabama (roughly the size of a 3 and a half football fields) to four Department of Agriculture data centers in the same zip code, each of which is less than 1,000 square feet. In another instance, the Department of the Treasury is closing a nearly 13,000 square foot facility in Lanham, Maryland. This facility has 75 racks, hosts 250 servers, and costs taxpayers more than $400,000 a year for leasing and electricity alone.