The State of California will attempt to significantly reduce its data center operations and energy consumption with a sweeping plan announced this week.

Under an executive order issued by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a target has been set to reduce energy consumption in IT operations by 30% by 2012. The order also calls for CIOs of government agencies to work to shrink the total amount of data center footage currently utilized by 25% by July of 2010 and by 50% by July of 2011.

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