California’s massive data center consolidation initiative may be losing a key proponent. However, that loss could be Washington’s gain.

President Barack Obama recently nominated California Chief Information Officer Teri Takai to become the CIO of the U.S. Department of Defense. The nomination had been rumored, but Takai’s move to Washington will be felt in California where she was to head a massive data center consolidation project.

In February, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an executive order calling on state agencies to significantly reduce their data center footprints. Agencies were asked to shrink the total amount of data center footage currently being utilized by 25% by July of 2010 and by 50% by July of 2011.

In addition, they were instructed to reduce energy consumption by 30% by 2012.

Takai has had success in modernizing and reorganizing California’s massive IT infrastructure, and with such aggressive deadlines for the data center initiative, her move to Washington is sure to be felt.

Schwarzenegger named Takai to the state’s CIO post in 2007. Previously she served as the Director of the Michigan Department of Information Technology since 2003 and before serving in government, Takai worked at Ford Motor Company for 30 years in various IT roles.

Takai’s skills are sure to come in handy at the Department of Defense, which also has massive consolidation initiatives planned, including a move to a single e-mail system. Takai’s official title at the department will be Assistant Secretary Networks and Information Integration.





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