Sure, it's been just a few months since the National Security Agency asked for a $900 million supercomputing complex
– you know, to help out with all that internet wiretapping
. But concern about deficit spending will mean shuttering 800 other
federal data centers in the US, or 40 percent of total government capacity. The closures are part of a larger push toward greater efficiency and consolidation, with an estimated savings of $3 billion a year; moving services to the cloud will mean more savings in licensing fees and infrastructure. Single-digit savings might sound like chump change when you realize the federal information technology budget runs around $80 billion a year, but hey, it's a start, right?
[Photo thanks to Adrian Levesque and Adam Koniak