Balto. Co. Council approves plan to consolidate data centers

School system's center will move to government data center in Towson

By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

9:49 PM EST, November 19, 2012


Baltimore County is set to consolidate its government data center with the school system's next year, which officials say will save up to $4 million in construction costs.

The County Council on Monday unanimously approved a proposal by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to merge the centers. Under the plan, the schools' Department of Technology data center — which has been leasing space in Timonium — will move to the county's data center at the courthouse in Towson by next August.

County leaders say combining the centers will save the school system between $2 million and $4 million in construction costs for a new building, plus $100,000 annually in maintenance expenses.

County information-technology director Rob Stradling said no jobs would be eliminated because of the consolidation.

Howard County also merged its school and government data centers to save money in recent years.