Why the US Government has so many data centers

Sean Donelan sean at donelan.com
Mon Mar 14 01:15:49 UTC 2016

On Sun, 13 Mar 2016, Lee wrote:
> Where does it say test/dev has to be done solely in a cloud data
> center?  This bit
>   For the purposes of this memorandum, rooms with at least one
> server, providing
>   services (whether in a production, test, stage, development, or any other
>   environment), are considered data centers.
> seems to be more about trying to close the self-reporting loophole -
> ie 'these aren't the droids you're looking for.'   for example -
> https://github.com/WhiteHouse/datacenters/issues/9

Sigh, read any Inspector General report for how memorandums are 
implemented by auditors.  If the memorandum says "or any other 
environment" the IG's will treat that as no exceptions.

So IG's will "close the reporting loophole" by reporting that their are 
100,000 "data centers" if a room contains  even a single server.

Auditors like counting things, they don't like interpretations.  Inspector 
Generals are uber-auditors.

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