New York state plans to house its new data center at SUNY’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.
The new, 50,000-square-foot data center is an element of a partnership between the college, the state Office of Information Technology Services and the state Office of General Services to make government information technology operations and services more efficient and reliable, state officials said.
When complete, consolidation of the state’s information technology infrastructure is projected to save $100 million annually. The new data center is to account for $50 million of the annual savings.
State officials say the data center will help create jobs and facilitate research. The Office of Information Technology Services will have first access to investigate, research, test and sample new technologies before they reach the market.
Cuomo said the state is eliminating inefficiencies and duplication.
“With this new data center and partnership with CNSE, New York state is ushering in a new era of IT security and efficiency, as well as maximizing economic development and innovation opportunities,” he said in a news release.
Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito said using technology is key to moving the state ahead.
“Working with CNSE will ensure that state agencies will always be at the forefront of changes in the high-tech world, and benefit from the knowledge-sharing that will occur by partnering with our colleagues in higher education and the private sector," she said.
The Office of Information Technology Services was created in 2012 to fold the state’s information technology resources and expertise into a single agency. There are more than 50 separate agency data centers and numerous data closets scattered across state agencies, according to the news release.
This consolidation effort will boost efficiency, reduce data center space and server needs, improve the monitoring, speed and reliability of the state’s IT infrastructure environment, and permit adequate disaster recovery for critical state IT applications and data.