090513-N-8104B-135In its ongoing efforts to reduce network and IT infrastructure costs, the US Navy wants to move most of its non-classified, publically available data to a commercially provided cloud, cut the number of Navy data centers from 150 to 25, and eliminate redundant costs including duplicative software applications.

The move reflects the Navy’s desire to cut $1.3 billion from its IT budget, and cloud-based data storage is a cost-effective option, Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen told executives at a government IT event in Washington D.C. on March 13. A substantial part of those savings would come from consolidating the Navy’s data centers and adopting cloud computing and virtualization for most of the service’s non-classified data, Halvorsen said, adding that the Navy would continue to keep mission-sensitive and critical information in its classified databases.

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