Dell Awarded $37 Million Deal With GSA and Homeland Security

Dell has been awarded five year, $37.1 million IT services contract in support of General Services Administration. Dell was selected by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the United States General Services Administration (GSA) to provide those agencies with IT services and solutions worth up to $22 billion. Read More

The Experience: Why Critical Systems Fail

Richard Cook, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

The amazing thing isn’t that systems like the 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

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