Audio: White House announces 81 data center closures

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The federal government will close down 195 data centers by Dec. 31, the White House announced July 20 during a press call and press release.

On the call were Stephanie Cutter, assistant to the president and deputy senior advisor, and Vivek Kundra, the federal chief information office. The 195 goal is an increase over a previously announced goal of 137 by year's end; so far, federal agencies have shut down 81, Kundra said.

The White House aims to have 373 data centers shut down by the end of 2012, a pace that would put it ahead of schedule in meeting a goal of shutting down 800 centers by 2015. Data center consolidation should save $3 billion, the White House says.

Click below to listen to an audio recording of the call.

For more:
- go to the White House press release

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