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US government to close 800 data centers by 2015

By Matthew · 8 replies
Jul 20, 2011
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  1. The US government will reportedly undertake various measures to drastically reduce its IT spending, including the closure of 40% of its computer centers by 2015, the NY Times reports. The…

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  2. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    "tens of thousands of jobs will be eliminated over the next four years" ouch thats allot, then again so is "$80 billion a year". Closing 40% of computer centres is a pretty big number, makes you wonder how and why it got so big in the first place. I would hope some higher ups get fired as well for letting this happen
  3. until then they will use them:)
  4. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    "2,000 data centers utilize only 27% of their potential computing power and 40% of their overall storage capacity"
    and people wonder why the US is bankrupt now?
  5. Coodu

    Coodu TS Booster Posts: 169   +6

    Totally, that's some crazy statistics right there. Would like to see it all set up actually, I get giddy over such things like a true nerd.
  6. If you had to deal with government procurement, you can understand how ewe got to this point.
    The rules are meant to eliminate fraud and create a fair playing field.
    One guy in the governemnt told me years ago, that if the government made it easier for us to
    get new stuff and innovate, we might have some shady deals and some fraud, but would probably save tons of money anyway.

    I don't know how much has changed, but in the past to replace old technology with newer stuff and from a different provider took an act of God.
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,160   +1,413

    Well... we're not quiite bankrupt (yet), but this sort of thing is a big problem. There was a report recently on govt waste and 'fragmentation' was a problem in a large number of areas. It also cited 56 programs across 20 agencies dealing with financial literacy and a number of other duplicated items. I'm actually surprised the govt functions at all when I read stuff like this.

    As sad as the waste is, it's good they're doing something about it instead of just discarding the report.
  8. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

    Unfortunately this means that the IT field will be even more heavily saturated. Bad news for the job market, again.
  9. If you are actually good at what you do why worry. Have you ever worked with gov IT...

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