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Electronic Stewardship and Data Centers

By FY 2015, GSA will consolidate 15 regional data centers into three data centers and will eliminate field location server closets through virtualization and centralization. In FY 2011, GSA met its target of consolidating 3 of its regional data centers, and it will consolidate 2 additional regional data centers each in year in FY 2012 and FY 2013, respectively. The consolidation, virtualization, and retirement of GSA servers and other IT equipment will reduce the space needs, energy usage, and GHG emissions of GSA network operations.

GSA is in process of metering the 3 data centers that will be operating after it completes its data center consolidation initiative. GSA will meter all of these data centers by FY 2015. GSA is working to obtain better data on Central Processing Unit utilization and Power Utilization Effectiveness (PUE) for agency data centers.

In FY 2011, 100 percent of electronics acquisitions were Federal Energy Management Program designated and ENERGY STAR qualified; 100 percent of GSA electronic product acquisitions are EPEAT-registered; and 100 percent of GSA electronic assets were covered by environmentally responsible disposition practices. Energy Star is a joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy which establishes minimum standards for energy efficient consumer products. The Green Electronics Council’s Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is an international registry of environmentally preferable IT products.

All network printers that have duplexing capabilities are set with the duplexing option as a default. GSA is in the process of removing personal printers from its inventory. GSA is also implementing the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative for printers and will cycle out nonduplex network printers once they reach end-of-life.

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