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Mexican Hotel Chain Outsources IT To US 125

cweditor writes "Grupo Posadas has five data centers supporting more than 100 hotels and other lines of business, but it's moving almost all of those operations to a service provider in Texas. Could cloud service providers help the U.S. become a destination for tech outsourcing instead of an exporter of tech jobs? One stumbling block: The U.S. finds itself on the receiving end of protectionist legislation in other countries that discourages use of non-domestic IT service providers, says the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation."
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Mexican Hotel Chain Outsources IT To US

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  • Blatant lie (Score:4, Insightful)

    by aepervius ( 535155 ) on Monday July 30, 2012 @05:04PM (#40822311)
    "The US finds itself on the receiving end of protectionist legislation in other countries that discourages use of non-domestic IT service providers"

    That is a misrepresentation. most country I know of which view the US cloud service warrily, do because of the privacy protection of their citizen. One cannot guarantee any privacy protection once the data is on US soil. Neitehr can one guanrantee that the US will not subponea the data. THAT is the reason some country do not want their cloud data in the US, or outside their own juridiction for what it matters.
  • by icebike ( 68054 ) * on Monday July 30, 2012 @05:06PM (#40822329)

    Look, its fairly easy to get into the "cloud" business as the only barriers are financial, not technical.
    Other than power, It costs about the same to run a data center with 200 cores as it costs to run one with 500 cores.
    You might hire one more tech support person. Maybe. Probably not.

    There will be few jobs outsourced to Texas, other than janitorial ones, because the hosting company
    is only going to be running the machines, the Mexican hotel chain will still be managing them and
    running their own booking software.

    They are shedding physical plant, not jobs.

    What they surrender is control. If the data center is accused of hosting some IP pirate nodes, the Mexican hotel
    chain could find their servers are grabbed by the FBI in some heavy handed Anti-Pirate operation.

  • Top 5 reasons not to outsource to US:

    5. Can't trust those Americans with your data.
    4. You'll lose control over your infrastructure.
    3. Low prices are temporary and will increase as the global economy continues to balance
    2. Perceived cost savings are more than offset by the additional cost of having to spec everything out to the point where you're better off doing it yourself.
    1. You won't be able to understand them when you call for support.

  • Re:Same staff (Score:4, Insightful)

    by techno-vampire ( 666512 ) on Monday July 30, 2012 @10:10PM (#40824753) Homepage
    The US was always inhabited by people of different cultures who have spoken different languages.

    One of the greatest parts of America has always been the concept of The Melting Pot. Now liberals are trying to do away with it in the name of Cultural Diversity with the unintended consequence of the loss of the hybrid vigor it produced.

Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder. -- Dr. Laurence J. Peter