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NYC mayor opens new data center

By Max Burkhalter
March 1, 2011
Senior officials recently opened a new, state-of-the-art data center in Brooklyn, New York, designed to help streamline IT infrastructure in more than 40 government agencies.

The opening was attended by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, deputy mayor for operations Stephen Goldsmith and Carole Post, commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

Situated in Brooklyn's downtown area, the data center was constructed as part of a broader strategy, called the Citywide IT Infrastructure Services Program, or CITIServ. The strategy aims to provide government agencies in New York City with shared IT services in order to reduce energy consumption, strengthen security and shrink the city's total IT infrastructure footprint.

Bloomberg said the new data center continues New York City's practice of adopting new technology to improve services. Until now, however, the city's IT infrastructure was "fragmented."

"By consolidating the IT operations of more than 40 city agencies, we'll modernize the city's technology infrastructure, while saving taxpayers $100 million in the first five years alone," Bloomberg said

The data center facility will initially enable the city to consolidate the IT infrastructure of 19 government agencies. Over the next five years, more than 40 agencies will be incorporated into the project.

Construction of the data center is expected to cost the city approximately $11.7 million. Annual leasing of the 18,000-square-foot facility will cost approximately $2.7 million, according to the city.

Bloomberg said the data center will help agencies focus on their projects, rather than their IT infrastructure and services. "By reducing the IT work done by individual city agencies, we'll enable them to concentrate more of their resources on what they really do best - teaching students, protecting our neighborhoods, cleaning our streets, preventing and putting out fires and doing all the other things that improve our quality of life," the mayor said.

New York City currently operates dozens of separate data centers, many of which lack important features, such as emergency recovery and 24 hour support. Several services have already been migrated to the new data center, including the IT operations of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, the Department of Sanitation's service desk and a human resources application for the Department of Education.

According to the city, these services alone are utilized by approximately 140,000 users and their migration to the data center will save the city approximately $200,000 annually.

The CITIServ program is a component of a broader program instituted by deputy mayor Goldsmith. The initiative aims to improve the efficiency of city government, while making it more innovative and customer-centered.


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