re: How Not To Plan A Data Center
I think one of the major things that this story illustrates (aside from the obvious need for a better project management process - lack of communication/documentation in project management is unforgiveable), is that technology marches on, period.
True, there were some major balls dropped here, but storage technology keeps marching forward. Compare the floor space required for 10 Petabytes of Enterprise-class storage at the start of this project with the end date. By the same respect, the amount of data storage required by the organization grows at a rate, whether similar or dissimilar.
This isn't a situation that can't be dealt with - and who knows, had the project been built smaller, would the American taxpayer be later building another facility for this entity to expand into at a higher cost?