Thursday, February 21, 2013

Washington State datacenter fiasco

Wonder if Washington State ever heard of cloud computing? Scalable, flexible, cheap!--

Washington State's datacenter fiasco - it's time to pay the bill | ZDNet: " . . . the planning and forecasting errors that resulted in Washington State building a datacenter that ended up being five times larger than they actually needed, despite being informed before well before completion that the project scale was much too large. . . . as the saying goes, the chickens have come home to roost. The state has failed to get a single additional tenant for their space, which means that every man, woman, and child who lives in Washington will be paying about $5 each to allow the datacenter project to cover its bills for the next 2 years. And yes, Washington state has just under 7 million residents who will likely continue to have their pocket’s picked to cover this boondoggle, as the $34.4 million over the next two years also includes $25.1 million to service the on-going debt on the lease-to-own datacenter building. . . ."

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