Federal Government Departments Finally Making Moves to Cloud
ANALYSIS: Under new CIO Vivek Kundra, virtually all of the early cloud projects involve moving e-mail systems to service providers, but at least changes are taking place.At last, the White House is seeing some actual movement from U.S. federal government agencies on bringing cost- and energy-saving cloud-based services to its legion IT departments. Of course, getting the federal government to move on anything as embedded and as siloed as legacy IT would take even a united Congress a long time to accomplish. And, as is well-known, Congress isn't too united on anything right now.
Virtually all of the early projects involve moving e-mail systems to service providers, but at least the change is taking place. Later on, the White House expects agencies to begin using the cloud for additional purposes, such as data storage, extra computing capacity and others.
Last week, Kundra started in earnest the initiative that will force many agencies into talking about, and eventually adopting, cloud computing. Posting the 25-point federal cloud computing plan on the department Web site puts the plan squarely in the public domain and begins a new kind of pressure on federal IT managers to get moving with the program. The 43-page report, which describes the 18-month road map in the federal cloud computing initiative, includes a listing of the long-term and short-term benefits of cloud computing, use case examples, management recommendations, and key metrics.