[Courtesy Data Center Dynamics] New York State government is going to consolidate more than 50 agency data centers and IT closets into a centralized facility it has leased on campus of the State University of New York’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, governor Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week.
Data center consolidation is a project by the state’s office of Information Technology Services (ITS), which was formed in 2012 to fold control of all state-agency IT into one dedicated agency. Formation of ITS was part of an IT transformation effort the governor’s office launched in 2011.
The state has leased 50,000 sq ft of space from the university within the college’s NanoTech Complex in Albany.
As with any consolidation project, the effort’s goal is to increase efficiency of the state’s IT operations. The project will reduce data center space and server needs, improve monitoring and reliability of the state’s infrastructure environment, Cuomo’s office said in a statement.
“No area of state government was more siloed than IT, but with this consolidation, we are eliminating inefficiencies and duplication with one of the most advanced and cost-effective data centers in the world,” Cuomo said.
The state expects its overall IT consolidation effort to generate US$100m in annual savings, once complete. Data center consolidation alone is expected to cut cost by $50m every year.
In addition to providing IT services to state agencies, the future data center will be used by the nano-technology college to help its corporate partners, Alain Kaloyeros, senior VP and CEO of the college, said.
“This innovative approach will pay multiple dividends, as the data center will concurrently accelerate IT business opportunities for CNSE’s corporate partners who will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, unparalleled resources, and novel information technologies,” Kaloyeros said.