U.S. Has Head in the Cloud, Reportedly Plans to Shutter 800 Data Centers

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kab00m

Do you realize that Federal employees are, on average, paid twice as much in salary and benefits as their private industry counterparts? Every government job that can be eliminated efficiently and effectively is a good thing.  There is too much redundancy and waste.  Our govt. is not there to create jobs.  It's there to meet needs, and if the need can be satisfied more cheaply, then it's their responsibility to spend our money wisely.

As for the people being put out of work, it's their responsiblity to ensure that their skills set is current and valuable.  If they can't find a similar job, they'll have to start a business or take on something else.  Such are the hard facts of life.

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TerribleToaster

Please cite your figures because when I was working in my generic government post, it was for half as much as my private industry counterparts.

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Biceps

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I work with several people in the US gov't, and all of them make considerably less than they would if they were in the private sector.  Also, when we outsource a public service to private industry, then there is the profit motive - this means that taxpayers end up coughing up more money, just so the private company can post a profit. Not a concern for the public sector.

I am tired of hearing GOP dickriders go on about how efficient private industry is.  I have extensive experience in the private sector, and have managed several businesses, (I am quite successful, FYI, so believe I can give an informed opinion on this), and the efficiency that does exist is rare.  Moreover, efficiency is reduced as the scale of a company/corporation increases, not the opposite, as is usually claimed. While a company can see efficiency of scale in a manufacturing environment, larger companys lose agility and generally have to rely on their size to squelch (or purchase) innovative upstarts.

The only reason any of the US Senators or Congress-people want to privatize public services is so that they can get themself an over-paid private industry job after their public tenure has finished.  Monsanto and the FDA and EPA, Comcast and the FCC, and Obama's "first ever" CTO for the USA are all prime examples.

 

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Biceps

As they say, "A camel is a horse designed by committe."  Announcing that they are moving 40 percent of the gov't's data centers to 'the cloud' sounds to me like a bunch of Senators who made a half-informed decision about 'those computer-thingies we keep hearing about', and that what information they did have came from completely reliable and well-paid lobbyists from a company trying to sell us a solution to a problem we may not have.

If you think there are problems with people hacking gov't systems now, just wait until they have a nice little dropbox password error on all of our aggragated data.  I guess on the bright side, there might finally be some transparency in our government once they put it all on the cloud and it gets hacked to pieces.

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bling581

This past year we've all been shown just how safe the Cloud is.

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AnglicDemon00

Can I make a comment and say that the fact they spend so much money in IT, that they have yet to drop the fax machine?

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someone87

No, that would be forward thinking.
One thing I don't quite get. Unless they are deleting data, or off-loading everything to Google or MS (which is possiable) why are they shutting down all these data centers? So it's no longer local/network trafic, turn them into web-hosted solutions, and still store your own data?
Seems odd..... 

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TerribleToaster

 

It sounds like they want to cut out some of the redundant intranets and applications (like the 400,000,000 different versions of ArchGIS). And using the cloud for data storage is more cost effective (with how little data is currently being stored, the price of the hardware and upkeep isn't as worth it as to pay a data storage company to do it for you). Also granting that most of the information the government holds is public domain, security isn't even a issue (as long as they aren't retarded enough to host the actual security sensitive documents on the web).

 

But yes, screw fax machines.

 

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