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The HealthCare.gov Experience: Why Critical Systems Fail

Richard Cook, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

The amazing thing isn’t that systems like the healthcare.gov government web site can fail in spectacular fashion, says Dr. Richard Cook. It’s that it doesn’t happen more often. Cook, an expert on failures in complex systems, says it’s human nature to push these systems to the “hairy edge of failure.” Read More

NSA Data Center Plagued by Electrical Problems

NSA data center in Bluffdale, Utah. (Photo by swilsonmc via Wikipedia)

The NSA’s massive data center in Utah has been plagued by electrical problems that have delayed the opening of the facility. The Wall Street Journal reports that there have been 10 incidents of arc flash “meltdowns” that have damaged equipment. Read More

What The Inside of an NSA Data Center Looks Like

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The NSA isn’t likely to allow the world a look inside the new Utah data center. But that hasn’t always been the case. A 2001 Discovery Channel documentary provided an unprecedented look inside the NSA’s facility in Fort Meade, Maryland – including the agency’s supercomputing facility. Read More

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