The U.S. Department of the Treasury is moving Treasury.gov, SIGTARP.gov, MyMoney.gov, TIGTA.gov and IRSOversightBoard.treasury.gov to Amazon EC2 as part of the federal government's shift toward cloud services.
The Department of Treasury has moved its main Website and four other agency
sites to Amazon Web Services, said Smartronix, the systems provider that
handled the migration, on Jan. 10.
The revamped Treasury.gov Website, SIGTARP.gov, MyMoney.gov, TIGTA.gov and
IRSOversightBoard.treasury.gov are all now hosted on Amazon Elastic Compute
The Treasury.gov site was redesigned on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 platform
hosted on EC2, making it the largest SharePoint implementation in the federal
government, according to Smartronix. The new site also uses Systems Center
Operations Manager, Data Protection Manager, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server
2008, Smartronix said.
Smartronix chose Akamai Content Delivery Network to accelerate site
performance and to protect against denial-of-service attacks. The Akamai
SiteShield service hides the cloud infrastructure from direct public access,
making it hard for attackers to overwhelm the site with repeated requests.
Treasury.gov meets the administration's "mandates" for using cloud
computing and Web 2.0 technologies, according to Robert Groat, Smartronix's CTO.
The new site brings together social networking tools, Web 2.0 capabilities,
faceted search and multimedia resources, Smartronix said. The department will
also be writing on a blog for the first time.
The federal government is looking at the cloud to cut costs and to make
federal IT operations more efficient. In December, United States CIO
Vivek Kundra announced a "cloud first" policy for federal agencies,
requiring that all agencies move at least one system to a hosted environment in
A number of federal agencies rolled out major cloud deployments in 2010, but
the Treasury Department is the first cabinet-level agency to move its sites to
the cloud, according to Smartronix.
In May 2010 Recovery.gov, the federal Website that enables visitors to track
spending under the 2009 $787 million economic stimulus package, became the
first governmentwide system to move to the cloud. Other agencies using cloud
computing services include the U.S. Army and the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration. The U.S. Army announced in October it will consolidate all its
e-mail systems into a platform hosted by the Defense Information Systems
Agency. The Army also conducted a pilot program using Google Apps for its Army
Family Readiness Group Web portal in 2009.
As for the space agency, NASA has a number of cloud services, including its
daily activity-planning software for its Mars Rover on Amazon EC2, its "Be
a Martian" educational Website on Microsoft's cloud computing platform and
customer service portal with RightNow Technologies.
NASA also has its own private cloud, Nebula, which will be available to
other agencies as part of NASA Cloud Service
of the infrastructure-as-a-service
offering, with storage and computing
resources, is currently available to all NASA personnel.
The Department of Interior's plan to move e-mail for its 88,000 employees to
Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite was blocked by the courts after Google
sued the department,
claiming it didn't get to compete fairly for the
contract. The General
also awarded Google a contract for e-mail and
collaboration software services in December.
Cloud computing increases cost-effectiveness, improves efficiency and
provides greater flexibility, said Kundra. "This is exactly the kind of
game-changing technology required to do more with less," he said.
Smartronix worked with subcontractors Synteractive, TMP
Government and KPMG on the Treasury project.