Why the US Government has so many data centers

George Herbert george.herbert at gmail.com
Sun Mar 13 22:34:04 UTC 2016

I really don't care about AWS sales (customer, but not investor or employee).  But...

If it's not highly loaded, cloud is cheaper.

If it's not in a well run datacenter / machine room, cloud is FAR more reliable.

The cost of blowing up hardware in less than well run machine rooms / datacenters can be immense.  At a now defunct cell provider, we lost a badly maintained machine room to fire, only about 24 racks, $2.1 million damage.  And nearly burned down the Frys Palo Alto building.  And that's just the worst catastrophe; had more losses than that in smaller clusters / onsies.

George William Herbert
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> On Mar 13, 2016, at 2:15 PM, Sean Donelan <sean at donelan.com> wrote:
>> On Sun, 13 Mar 2016, Roland Dobbins wrote:
>>> On 13 Mar 2016, at 3:03, George Herbert wrote:
>>> It's a symptom of trying to save a few cents at the risk of dollars.
>> Concur 100%.
>> Not to mention the related security issues.
> Just remember, no exceptions, no waivers.
> I understand why cloud vendors want 100% of government IT dollars.  But
> requiring all test and development to be done solely in cloud data centers...  there is your 100%

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