The U.S. government plans to shutter 800 of its 2,000 data centers as part of a broader shift to...


The U.S. government plans to shutter 800 of its 2,000 data centers as part of a broader shift to delivering applications and services over the cloud. Consolidation on such a massive scale could end up being a boon for VMware (VMW) and other virtualization software providers.

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  • TomasViewPoint
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    This is staggering. Nobody has ever needed 2,000 data centers. I don't believe any technology company has even close to 2,000 data centers.

     

    If they can take their applications to the cloud they must not be that complex which makes it look even worse.
    20 Jul 2011, 04:11 PM Reply Like
  • Eric Jhonsa
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    I was a little stunned by that number as well. With or without cloud apps, it's hard to believe 2,000 data centers were actually needed.
    20 Jul 2011, 06:30 PM Reply Like
  • Neil459
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    Exactly, computing capacity is computing capacity. If they needed 2000 data centers, then where are they going to find the equivalent in the cloud. Something is really fishy.

     

    Unless of course, they consider a data center, a closet with a couple of PC's running Windows 95.
    20 Jul 2011, 04:36 PM Reply Like
  • TomasViewPoint
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    It only gets worse the more you read. Apparently the USG spends $80 Billion a year in IT. As a comparison JP Morgan Chase spends about $8 Billion in total including applications and they are global.

     

    My sense is that these are hardened and secured for government reasons which likely means they are running a ton of infrastructure at really high costs for not much functionality. Email and other stuff. They should fire everyone involved including contract companies which might include IBM and Accenture.
    20 Jul 2011, 05:57 PM Reply Like
  • Monngie
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    CSC
    20 Jul 2011, 06:12 PM Reply Like
  • Monngie
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    The Air Force has spent billions on shit that doesn't work. I can understand why they'd want to shut it down.

     

    Closet with a couple of PC's running Windows 95?

     

    I know this was meant to be funny, but, it's not that far from the truth.
    20 Jul 2011, 07:17 PM Reply Like
  • jdhawk
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    No wonder we have an out of control and unsustainable spending problem. What does our government need with 2000 data centers?
    After having read the article, it turns out that while there is a 40% reduction in data centers, spending only goes down from $80 billion to $75 billion dollars. Only in government can you reduce your resource level without hardly putting a dent in spending.
    What you bet it costs even more?
    20 Jul 2011, 08:54 PM Reply Like
  • TomasViewPoint
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    I did not read they were cutting the resources and that is likely where a lot of cost is being carried forward.
    21 Jul 2011, 06:50 PM Reply Like
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