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Feds to Shut 800 Data Centers in Cloud Migration

The closures should save about $3 billion a year and moving to the cloud is supposed to save about $5 billion a year

The Obama administration is going to close down 800 of the now 2,000 federal data centers in the next four years in an effort to save a buck and move to the cloud.

In April it said 137 sites would close this year and Wednesday it listed 178 for closure by the end of next year but some of the federal agencies have caught the consolidation bug and are moving faster than the plan.

According to the New York Times, 195 sites could be closed this year.

The paper said that although the Department of Homeland Securities' data center is the size of three football fields, some of the targeted data centers are less than 1,000 square feet.

The closures should save about $3 billion a year and moving to the cloud is supposed to save about $5 billion a year. It means buying fewer systems and less software.

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