HP Holds Navy Network ‘Hostage’ for $3.3 Billion | WIRED

Someday, somehow, the U.S. Navy would like to run its networks — maybe even own its computers again. After 10 years and nearly $10 billion, many sailors are tired of leasing their PCs, and relying on a private contractor to operate most of their data systems. Troops are sick of getting stuck with inboxes that hold 150 times less than a Gmail account, and local networks that go down for days while Microsoft Office 2007 gets installed … in 2010. But the Navy just can’t quit its tangled relationship with Hewlett-Packard. The admirals and the firm recently signed another $3.3 billion no-bid contract that begins Oct. 1st. It’s a final, five-year deal, both sides promise, to let the Navy gently wean itself from its reliance on HP. But that’s what they said the last time, and the time before that.

Source: HP Holds Navy Network ‘Hostage’ for $3.3 Billion | WIRED

The thing is, there isn’t a single government entity that does IT well. I’m not an IT guy, but I’ve dealt with government IT, and private enterprise IT, and the two are worlds apart.

3 thoughts on “HP Holds Navy Network ‘Hostage’ for $3.3 Billion | WIRED”

  1. “one centrally-controlled network is far easier to operate and secure than the tangled messes you find in most military commands”

    Hillary agrees.

    I hope HP does a better job than the organizations I have worked for, but somehow I doubt it. Those prices seem just a leeetle bit steep, for one thing. And their networks go down for days to install a new off-the-shelf app?

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