Federal Government And Cloud Computing Reach For The Skies-tianbi

Software One cannot read an article in a trade publication or mainstream technology news these days without coming across cloud computing. The promise of the cloud has saturated the market. We saw in our FOSE survey that the federal government has heard the cloud computing call. Our numbers showed that 58% have seen the light, (that is, the importance of cloud computing), and 32% are planning to implement the cloud this year (a 20% increase from 2009). The stage has been set for the government to embrace the cloud, especially with the announcement last week of Recovery.gov moving to the Amazon cloud (actually, according to Derrick Harris, it’s not the first federal site housed in the cloud – Data.gov currently resides within Terremark’s Enterprise Cloud infrastructure). It’s clear that Vivek Kundra is behind the cloud, and it’s just a matter of time for agencies to really be able to utilize all that can be done with the cloud – IT operations will simply be more scalable, agile, and efficient – resulting in cost savings for the federal government. That’s a great return on investment for the cloud. ‘By using cloud services, the Federal Government will gain access to powerful technology resources faster and at lower costs. This frees us to focus on mission-critical tasks instead of purchasing, configuring, and maintaining redundant infrastructure. The Obama Administration is committed to leveraging the power of cloud computing to help close the technology gap and deliver for the American people. I am hopeful that that the Recovery Board’s move to the cloud will serve as a model for making government’s use of technology smarter, better, and faster.’ We already know that there is a huge deficit when it comes to federal data centers, prompting the great data center consolidation of 2011. For reasons ranging from simply becoming more efficient to saving federal IT dollars, all agencies are on board with the initiative and looking to the future. Once that is completed, the government will have to really evaluate what resources they have and what is being utilized, and this is where the cloud can really shine. According to Information Week, Department of Treasury CIO Michael Duffy said, ‘We’re going for substantial change in efficiency and utilization of the computing resources we have.’ Duffy said that consolidation efforts would have to be multi-faceted, including decommission, centralization and site consolidation, virtualization, and cloud computing. He has begun to champion the cause of cloud computing as well, and is launching a few cloud computing pilots with an eye toward plans like cloud e-mail. Shared resources make sense for the government at a macro level. Our government relies on checks and balances and cooperation between agencies; whether for intelligence, legislation, or benefits (think Veteran’s affairs, social security, FDA regulations, health records, etc.). The same should be true for the way that government IT is run. IT infrastructure should be allowed and encouraged to be part of shared resources that can be scaled up or down as needed. The government is moving to the cloud, whether they like it, are ready, or not. We are definitely seeing a big switch, whether agencies choose to adopt a public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud approach, there will always be questions. Right now, concerns with security are being addressed, as are concerns with standards and program management. But no matter what the critics say, it’s exciting to see disruptive technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing at the forefront of our government IT, and proves that while some see the federal government as moving at molasses-like speed, there are still technologies that allow the government to become cutting edge and drivers of innovation. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: