£1Bn across *300* projects is 3 1/3m each
Are they having a laugh?
Just another 1199Bn to go then
Seriously procurement and contract reform is dull to outsiders but the *reason* why UK is stuck with buying 2 carriers the current government did not want but cannot afford to cancel is in the f£$%king con-tract (A technical term used when entering into a legally binding agreement with BAe).
If this was serious they'd need to look at big ticket items. Dept wide support contracts.
Splitting procurements into sections with *clearly* defined and documented interfaces so smaller developers would have a chance.
In fact a special law to *forbid* governments accepting "Too expensive to cancel" clauses.
BTW Someone mentioned that the UK government has c150 data centres. WTF.
I know different departments run different hardware and of course we want redundancy but *why* that many. It's 1 land mass with fibre optic backbone telecomms.
Unless the speed of light has dropped a *lot* since I last checked It would seem to make sense to co-locate as much of this stuff together as possible. Preferably near to large power sources and a ready supply of cooling water.
I'll guess it'd be difficult to re host some apps (probably the ones built by con-tractors to use their favorite language/hardware combination (with its particular highly non standard extensions) for "performance" but putting more of them into 1 physical space should be within the state of the art. AFAIK in air conditioning bigger is *always* better. The same amount of electricity buys a good bit more cooling with larger systems.
Flames because the idea *seems* good but the results so far seems pretty gutless.