Data Center Consolidation

In December 2010, the Under Secretary of the Navy designated the DON CIO as the department's lead for efficiencies in the information management/information technology/cyberspace and information resources management domains, with the subsequent direction to reduce business IT costs by $2 billion. One of the primary drivers of this savings will be through data center consolidation (DCC).

As of January 2012, the department has approximately 150 data centers in operation, primarily operated by the two services. The majority of these data centers are funded and operated under multiple programs or multiple Echelon II/III/IV commands, with different hardware and software models, support models and operating procedures. To achieve efficiencies, the DON is moving forward with an enterprise approach to DCC that is focused on standardizing data formats, rationalizing applications, and converging networks or support structures. Consolidation of the DON's computing infrastructure will improve disaster recovery, physical security, cyber security and efficiencies, resulting in an estimated savings of $1.4 billion during the next five years.

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DoD Plan for Implementing the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act

DoD Guidance - October 20, 2015

The purpose of this Plan is to describe the planned actions of the Department of Defense (DoD) to implement FITARA and the guidance contained in Management and Budget (OMB) Memo M-15-14, and describe the Department's processes and procedures for managing its Information Technology (IT) investments.

Approvals/Waivers for Obligation of Funds for Data Servers and Centers

DON CIO Memo - September 1, 2015

This memo provides amplifying guidance regarding Department of the Navy implementation of National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authority delegated by the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO) to the Military Departments for the approval of all data server and data center related obligations, except as noted below: Existing data centers obligating development and/or modernization resources ...

DON Server-Based System and Application Migration and Hosting Best Value Policy Guidance

DON CIO Memo - January 10, 2014

This memo provides supplementary guidance for the migration and hosting of all Department of the Navy server-based systems and applications. System and/or application migration should be aligned with either a data center consolidation or tech refresh plan, whichever occurs sooner, but all migrations must be completed by the end of Fiscal Year 2018.

Hosted Virtual Desktop Use and Capability

DON CIO Memo - July 31, 2013

This memo discusses Hosted Virtual Desktop (HVD), one cost saving possibility under evaluation. With HVD, instead of software loaded onto a computer, a network-centric virtual desktop is provided from a data center, giving the user increased flexibility, mobility, productivity and security.


Register Now For the DON IT Conference, East Coast 2018

January 24, 2018

Registration is now open for the DON IT Conference, East Coast 2018, scheduled for April 23-25, 2018, at the Hilton Norfolk The Main in Norfolk, VA.

Congratulations to the DON's DoD CIO Award Winners

December 1, 2017

Congratulations to the individuals and teams from the Department of the Navy who were honored by DoD CIO for IT and cyber excellence at a November 30 ceremony at the Pentagon.

Join Us at a 2017 DON IT Conference

by Robert Foster - January 27, 2017

I want to take this opportunity to encourage attendance at one of the 2017 DON IT conferences. These events, held twice each year, are highly successful at bringing together the Department’s Information Management and Information Technology professionals to learn about the latest initiatives, collaborate on lessons learned and best practices, interact with DON leadership, and attend sessions that support continuous ...

DoD CIO Releases DoD IT Environment: Way Forward for Tomorrow's Strategic Landscape

September 14, 2016

On August 18, 2016 DoD CIO released a new strategy titled, "DoD IT Environment: Way Forward for Tomorrow's Strategic Landscape." ...

Building on DON Success; Meeting New Challenges

by Barbara Hoffman - June 9, 2014

It has been a privilege to serve in leadership positions for the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, including as Director of both the E-business and Investment Management teams, Principal Deputy for two very talented DON CIOs, and now as the DON CIO (Acting). Our business IT environment has evolved dramatically over this timeframe, in technology advances as well as in operational and fiscal challenges.

DON CIO Issues Timeline for Virtualizing Systems, Applications

August 26, 2013

In a time when every dollar counts, the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer continues to look for innovative and efficient ways to reduce costs. One of those efficiency efforts is "virtualization." The process of virtualization allows multiple operating systems and applications to be run on a single physical server, reducing operational costs and improving flexibility within an existing information ...

DON to Evaluate Transition to Hosted Virtual Desktop

August 2, 2013

With the effects of sequestration still being felt, the Department of the Navy continues to look for innovative ways to decrease information technology spending. One cost saving possibility under evaluation is the Hosted Virtual Desktop (HVD). With HVD, instead of software loaded onto a computer, a network-centric virtual desktop is provided from a data center, giving the user increased flexibility, mobility, ...

DON to Virtualize Servers and Server Based Systems/Applications

July 31, 2013

On July 29, 2013, the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer released the memo, "Server, System, and Application Virtualization," which stipulates that the DON must virtualize all current servers and server-based systems/applications. The process of virtualization will allow multiple operating systems and applications to be run on a single physical server, thus reducing operational costs and improving ...

Transparency: The Right Data at the Right Time

January 29, 2013

Chances are you've seen the TV ad for a used-car company that begins with a potential buyer looking for “a car.” He is suddenly facing a sea of automobiles, which he narrows down by being more specific: "A red car. With good gas mileage. With four doors." And so on. This is a good example of what we in the IT world call "transparency." Contrary to common misconceptions, data transparency does not mean access to all ...

DON Makes Progress With Budget Cuts; Savings Initiative Continues

by Enterprise IT Communications - December 7, 2012

The Department of the Navy has made significant progress in adjusting to its smaller budget, but much work remains. The $100 million in savings achieved so far is just a start to the $2 billion cut to the DON’s IT budget, said Terry Halvorsen, the DON Chief Information Officer.

Navy DCC Task Force Reaches Significant Milestone

November 5, 2012

As the Data Center Consolidation (DCC) and Application Rationalization efforts move forward, a significant milestone was recently reached. The Navy DCC Task Force, formed in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, has successfully completed 17 of 19 planned site consolidations. As part of the effort, the Navy moved more than 100 systems into Navy enterprise data centers.

DON to Further Transform Business IT Processes Through Application Rationalization

September 21, 2012

The Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer and Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy/Deputy Chief Management Officer recently released the policy memo, "Achieving Measurable Efficiencies Through Data Center Consolidation, System, and Application Rationalization Guidance." This memo provides details on the steps the DON must take to achieve budget savings through application rationalization while ensuring mission ...

DON Enterprise Architecture Supports IT Business Transformation

by Sue Shuryn and Victor Ecarma - July 30, 2012

A critical component to achieving cost savings is transparency of business information technology data, which provides needed insight into, and thus enables more effective management of, the financial and programmatic status of the enterprise. The Department of the Navy Enterprise Architecture (EA) process is essential to providing visibility of such vital information. The DON EA assessment process is cyclical and ...

Agencies Making Progress on Efforts, but Inventories and Plans Need to Be Completed

by Government Accountability Office - July 19, 2012

In 2010, as a focal point for information technology management across the government, the Office of Managment and Budget's (OMB) Federal Chief Information Officer launched the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative - an effort to consolidate the growing number of federal data centers. In July 2011, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) evaluated 24 agencies' progress on this effort and reported that most ...

Business IT Transformation Town Hall Transcript Available

June 5, 2012

At the most recent Department of the Navy Information Technology Conference in Virginia Beach, Va., Terry Halvorsen, DON Chief Information Officer, held a town hall to discuss his strategy for business IT transformation and the future of DON IT. Download the full transcript, which includes questions from the audience, here.

Streamlining DON Business Processes for a More Effective and Efficient Future

May 30, 2012

During the next five to 10 years, the Department of the Navy is facing significant budget constraints. To support vital warfighting capabilities that protect the safety of the nation, it is necessary to find efficiencies in other areas. As part of this effort, the DON Chief Information Office and its information technology partners, such as internal stakeholders and industry, will thoroughly review all operations from an ...

Data Center Consolidation: Industry and DON Perspectives

April 24, 2012

Consolidation of data centers is a complex and long-term issue that both private and public sectors are facing. This issue was the focus of the panel discussion, Data Center Consolidation from the Department of the Navy Perspective, that Mr. Terry Halvorsen, Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, moderated at this year's Sea Air Space Convention. Comprised of data center consolidation and data storage experts ...

Message from the DON CIO: Transforming Business IT for a More Effective Department

by Terry Halvorsen - April 20, 2012

Two years ago, Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the national debt the greatest threat to national security. He also emphasized the importance of good fiscal stewardship and the need for Department of Defense leaders to work together to cut spending, which had doubled from 2000 to 2010.

Data Center Consolidation Already Results in Savings

March 22, 2012

Data center consolidation is not a new concept to the Department of the Navy. The department has been actively consolidating IT resources and has already seen significant savings as a result. ...

What is the Status of DON Data Center Consolidation?

March 12, 2012

Both the Navy and Marine Corps are assessing the data centers in existence today and consolidating appropriate centers to achieve efficiencies and realize savings. To ensure the data center consolidation streamlines operations, reduces overall costs, and maintains the high level of security, the Navy and Marine Corps are moving forward with a thoughtful plan that will achieve significant savings through fiscal year 2017. ...

How Will DON Data Center Consolidation Cut Costs?

March 5, 2012

Currently, the Department of the Navy has approximately 150 data centers that were established to meet the needs of individual organizations. This has resulted in a complex and duplicative network structure. Data center consolidation will reduce server requirements and merge the hardware residing in many data centers into fewer, more modern and efficient enterprise data centers. It will also virtualize DON applications ...

Data Centers: What Are They?

February 20, 2012

The Department of the Navy must reduce its business IT costs by 25 percent over the next five years. One way the DON is doing this is through data center consolidation. But, what is a data center? A data center is a facility used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. ...

Consolidating Data Centers Key to Cutting IT Spending

by Michele Buisch - January 17, 2012

To continue supporting the operational forces stationed around the world, protecting the nation and providing humanitarian assistance during these fiscally constrained times, the Department of the Navy is seeking opportunities to increase IT efficiencies while cutting business spending. A primary focus of this effort is data center consolidation, which is essential to reducing the IT budget by 25 percent during the next ...

SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic Data Center Unveiled

by Lonnie Cowart, SPAWAR Public Affairs - October 7, 2011

CHARLESTON, S.C. –- SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic unveiled a new data center that will play a key role in consolidating more than 100 Navy data centers to increase effectiveness and efficiency to reduce costs while still meeting the Navy's security and operational requirements.

Data Center Consolidation Guidance Released

July 25, 2011

The Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer signed out formal data center consolidation guidance officially establishing a moratorium on the purchase of additional data center capacity.


Fast Facts

August 23, 2017

The Fast Fact series provides pithy facts and news briefs about Department of the Navy IT initiatives, business transformation efforts and success stories.

DON IT Policy Roundup for FY 2013

February 21, 2013

The Department of the Navy Information Technology Policy Roundup for fiscal year (FY) 2013 provides a summary of policies affecting IT projects and programs. For more detail, please review the entire policy at the links provided.

Follow-up From DON IT Conference Data Center Consolidation Session

February 9, 2012

The recent data center consolidation session held Jan. 25 at the Deparment of the Navy Information Technology Conference in San Diego included information about the ongoing efforts of the Navy and Marine Corps to address federal and departmental mandates to close data centers. Below is a list of questions generated by this session.