Mainframe maker Unisys wants a little good news ahead of reporting its fourth quarter 2009, and the US Department of Defense was happy to oblige. The Defense Information Systems Agency, the IT arm of the Pentagon, today inked a deal to shell out $187m to provide managed services for DISA's ClearPath mainframes. The Pentagon is …
Wow, just had a Tron flashback...
National Business Center .gov
Check out http://cloud.nbc.gov/
unclassified stuff, but still....
a .gov agency way ahead of the curve....
When will the gov stop wasting money?
Way to go, Pentagon !
Wasting 187 Million for re-upping very very VERY ancient mainframes !
I'm glad I'm not there any more
My part of the Unisys Circus was sold years ago to Lockheed, and what comes to mind is a little lyric from 10cc (yup, I'm that old)
Now time goes marching on
And it won't wait for you
You've gotta take it when it's offered
And get it when it's due
Now a man can move much faster
Without a millstone around his neck
So if you get the chance to lose it
You've gotta drop it and run like heck...
In my book, it's often better to upgrade a proven and reliable system than it is to attempt a rewrite, partiuclarly if so-called "modern" UNIX or Linux platforms don't really have much software available in a customized application area.
We still use Clearpath Dorado boxes in the airline industry for a reason, and it ain't just inertia.
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
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