US to close 800 of 2,000 Computer Data Centers

money pileThe U.S.  plans to close over 800 of its 2,000 computer data centers within the next four years.

The effort is aimed to reduce overall costs and shift the federal government to the future–aligning itself with the evolution of the Internet and the efficiency such services can provide.

That future requires a lesser amount of computers and subsequently fewer computer data centers to be equally or more effective.

In what has now become common knowledge, Cloud-computing allows computers to communicate with each other over variable distances using the Internet.  The tool maximizes computing power with notably less computers, leading to its ability the manage large amounts of tasks or chores effectively.

The closing of those U.S. data centers are predicted to save somewhere in the billions of dollars a year.  The federal government could outsource needed services to private companies that could help spur growth, or even provide the service themselves.  Vivek Kundra, chief information officer for the federal government, said moving to cloud-commuting could save the government an additional $5 billion a year.

The dark side of closing hundreds of U.S. data centers is the subsequent loss of jobs.  It is estimated to be in the tens of thousands.  Some argue that data centers do not really employ large swaths of people–though one cannot help but be skeptical.

Apologists hope that the large amount of land freed up from redundant data centers could allow for private business to take residence–hiring an exponential amount of workers.  That is the hope at least.  The process has already begun and is happening at an alarming rate.  With the federal government trying to maintain a tight budget, the speed of these closing may increase.

SOURCEwww.nytimes.com       

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