Power Outages, Rabbit Holes and the Importance of Redundancy

Katherine McIntire | NextGov | July 5, 2012

We spend a lot of time thinking about new technologies here at Nextgov -- mainly about how developments could affect government operations. It can sometimes be hard to keep the big picture in mind: What does a particular technology really mean for taxpayers? For the employees who must buy it and use it? For the people who are supposed to benefit? How reliable is it?

Having just endured the Power Outage from Hell here in the Washington area, this last question is top of mind for some of us. When you cover everything from drones to data centers and the institutional implications of major computing shifts, it’s important to avoid going too far down the rabbit hole of a specific technology because there will always be another tunnel that needs exploration.