HOUSE WANTING NEW DATA CENTER!

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The House of Representatives is wanting a new data center for their servers. There will be other agencies using it as well. At a time that the budget is strained, it seems odd that the House is wanting a new center, especially as one will have to be built to meet their geographic needs.

Where do they want it

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Here, via ZDNet, is the geographic requirements for the new data center.

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Also interesting are the geographic requirements, with expected specifications for local police, fire, and highway access, but also an explicit requirement that the facility be 300 to 350 miles (point to point) from Capitol Hill, be within 100 mile of the nearest military facility, and more than 100 miles from the coast line. This will rule out, for example, many of the newest large scale colocation facilities being opened in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.

Who will be using the center

Here, also from ZDNet, is who will be using the new center.

The US House of Representatives has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for data center space and operations, looking for a colocation facility that will be located nowhere near Washington, DC and that can support multiple agencies for both day to day operations and as a disaster recovery and business continuity site.

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The data center needs to be able to meet not only the needs of the House of Representatives but also other agencies that support the Legislative branch of the government, including the Government Printing Office, Government Accountability Office, U.S. Capitol Police, Architect of the US Government, the Congressional Budget Office, and the Library of Congress. The data center must be able to provide a secure cage for each individual agency, on an as needed basis.

While it is understandable that the government needs to keep up with needs, there also is probably a cheaper way that isn’t going to have to be built brand new. The House claims to be the more fiscally responsible of the government, but this makes someone question that.

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