April 10, 2013
$50M annual savings in IT
By: Casey Seiler
Source: Times Union
Lt. governor calls NanoCollege effort a unique collaboration
State and local officials gathered at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering to sign a 15-year lease on a state-of-the-art data center that its backers see as a tool for both state services consolidation and information technology innovation.
"There's no collaboration like this in the country," Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy said.
He was joined Wednesday by state Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito, whose agency has been handed the task of consolidating "back-office" functions such as IT, and CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Alain Kaloyeros.
The three officials signed a 15-year lease on more than 50,000 square feet of space at CNSE in three locations on the campus, the largest of which will be sited in the to-be-constructed Zero Energy Nanotechnology building. Other collaborative spaces will allow for private-public projects and what the state hopes will be the training of a new generation of IT specialists.
The deal for the new facility was first reported by the Times Union on Wednesday.
The state estimates $50 million in annual savings from the creation of the data center, which is anticipated to corral much of the data currently stored in 50 separate state data banks. The CNSE center will carry a "Tier III" designation reserved for facilities with redundant systems that protect data and allow for ease of maintenance.
Also on hand for the signing were elected officials including Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, County Executive Dan McCoy and Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy of Albany.