State to move data centers to NanoCollege

Posted at: 04/10/2013 5:53 PM
Updated at: 04/10/2013 6:02 PM
By: Beth Wurtmann

ALBANY - "The money we're projecting saving right now is 50-million-dollars per year in taxpayer money saved by this partnership," said New York State Lt. Governor Robert Duffy Wednesday.

50-million in annual savings was just one of the advantages that Duffy said will happen, when the State consolidates about 50 of the state's data centers at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

"It saves taxpayer money, it has us connected to some of the best and brightest minds in the I.T. field being here. It helps us attract talent to state government," Duffy added.

By September, the centers that record all of the State's data will move into 10,000 square feet of space at CNSE. By 2014, another 35,000 square feet will occupy parts of two buildings.

The school's CEO, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, said it also means new jobs.

"We're probably going to be projecting about 500-1000 new jobs over the next five to six years of private companies coming in to support the state employees at the center," Kaloyeros said.

It follows other recent announcements at the NanoCollege, including partnerships with Israel, Tech Valley High School and the Children's Museum of Science and Technology.

The Lt. Governor said, he's impressed.

"You should be very proud of what you have here. I drive by this facility two to three times a week. It is amazing to see what's happened here," he said.

The state contract for the data centers runs for the next 20 years.