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SearchOpenSource: U.S. Census Reins in Data Center Sprawl

May 11, 2006, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The U.S. Census Bureau is known for taking count of the U.S. citizenry every 10 years, but it does a whole lot more. In fact, the Census Bureau is the primary source of basic statistics about the population and economy of the nation--labor statistics, housing, the Internal Revenue Service. It's a huge number-crunching shop.

"Unfortunately, the organization was suffering from a decentralized IT department and a very mixed data center. 'You name a hardware manufacture, it's like Prego, it's in there,' said Tom Berti, assistant chief for the computer services at the bureau. 'I can't emphasize the complexity of this environment enough...'"

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