A data center for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be operated by EDS, which has been awarded an $800 million contract to manage the facility. The $800 million price tag on the contract would make the new DHS facility one of the most expensive data center projects to date. Google has said it expects to spend $600 million apiece on the four new data centers it has announced in 2007, while Microsoft will invest at least $550 million in a new San Antonio facility and Citigroup expects to spend $450 million for its Austin data center.
EDS would not discuss the location of the facility, telling Government Computer News that it was “restricted in what we can say” because of security considerations.
The new disaster recovery facility will be designed to continuously synchronize with an existing DHS backup facility at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. This would allow the new data center to seamlessly take over from the Mississippi facility in the event of a disaster.