The city of New York has opened a brand new consolidated data center aimed at combining information from more than 40 government agencies. The new data center is expected to save the city nearly $100 million in the next five years.
The new 18,000 square-foot facility, located in downtown Brooklyn, was unveiled last week and, according to officials, will initially house consolidated data from 19 agencies within the next year. The move is part of the "NYC Simplicity" initiative aimed at making government more efficient, innovative and customer-friendly.
Until now, New York City operated dozens of data centers, without basic capabilities. These centers lacked 24/7 support, fire suppression, emergency recovery, and security. However, the new center, created through the Citywide IT Infrastructure Services Program, will enable the city to expand shared services, reduce costs, and provide modern, reliable, redundant, secure and green technology services.
Officials say that the initial cost of the data center will be $11.7 million, which includes hardware, software, equipment, facilities build-out and leasing costs.
Currently, the data center hosts the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment's IT operations, the Department of Sanitation's IT Service Desk, and the Department of Education's 'HR Connect' application. These systems support approximately 140,000 users and their consolidation, according to officials, will save roughly $200,000 annually.
The City of New York is working with IBM to migrate agency data to the new consolidated data center and expects the consolidation of 14 of its 50 agency data centers by the end of 2011.
In addition to the new consolidated data center, the city is currently developing a collaborative, unified citywide IT strategy in which agencies will share operating systems, servers, and development and collaboration tools in an effort to reduce hardware and personnel costs.
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