IBM has been selected to lead a major data center consolidation project for the City of New York.

The so-called CITIServ project is aimed at consolidating and modernizing technology across a wide range of city agencies. The first phase of the project will involve 14 city agencies, but ultimately as many as 50 agencies could be involved.

“IBM’s work with New York represents a growing trend among local and federal government IT organizations that are looking to cloud computing and data center consolidation as a means to improve the way citizen services are delivered,” IBM general manager Bridget van Kralinger, said in a statement.

“By modernizing technology infrastructure, government organizations are able to speed the deployment of new technologies, reduce energy and operating costs, increase security, and better understand their data in order to expedite benefits tracking, root out waste, and provide transparency to the public on performance.”

The city announced it would undertake the data center project last March in a bid to deliver savings of up to $100 million over five years. The first services to be streamlined under CITIServ will be help desk, hosting, storage, email, virtualization and networking.

In addition to the targeted savings, IBM said the new technology platform will deliver a number of benefits including improved IT services, strengthened physical and electronic security controls, and a significant reduction in the city’s carbon footprint.

The consolidation project is part of a broader strategy by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to modernize the city’s technology infrastructure. In October the city signed a technology partnership with Microsoft, aimed at consolidating software contracts and exploring avenues to leverage cloud computing.



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