Why the US Government has so many data centers

Sean Donelan sean at donelan.com
Mon Mar 14 15:20:35 UTC 2016

On Mon, 14 Mar 2016, Lee wrote:
> I doubt anyone really believes that having a server in the room makes
> it a data center.  But if you're the Federal CIO pushing the cloud
> first policy, this seems like a great bureaucratic maneuver to get the
> decision making away from the techies that like redundant servers in
> multiple locations, their managers who's job rating depends on
> providing reliable services and even the agency CIOs.  Check the
> reporting section of the memo where it says "each agency head shall
> annually publish a Data Center Consolidation and Optimization
> Strategic Plan".   I dunno, but I'm guessing agency heads are
> political appointees that aren't going to spend much, if any, time
> listening to techies whine about how important their servers are & why
> they can't be consolidated, virtualized or outsourced.

If your goal is to consolidate servers, call it a server consolidation 

You are correct political appointees won't understand why techies are
perplexed by calling everything a data center.  Just remember that
when you read the stories in the Washington Post about how many
data centers the government has...

New count of government facilities, and it looks like consolidation is going backwards

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