Cloud & GovIT
Apps.gov Will Help Federal Agencies Embrace the Cloud: Vivek Kundra
Lowering the cost of government operations while driving innovation within government
By: Jeremy Geelan
Sep. 17, 2009 09:30 PM
"Like a utility such as electricity or water, cloud computing allows users to only consume what they need, to grow or shrink their use as their needs change, and to only pay for what they actually use," wrote U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra in his official blog this week, as he announced the launch of Apps.gov "to help continue the President’s initiative to lower the cost of government operations while driving innovation within government."
Apps.gov is an online storefront for federal agencies to quickly browse and purchase cloud-based IT services, for productivity, collaboration, and efficiency. Cloud computing is the next generation of IT in which data and applications will be housed centrally and accessible anywhere and anytime by a various devices (this is opposed to the current model where applications and most data is housed on individual devices). By consolidating available services, Apps.gov is a one-stop source for cloud services – an innovation that not only can change how IT operates, but also save taxpayer dollars in the process."
Kundra underlined that, as with Data.gov, the new site "is starting small – with the goal of rapidly scaling it up in size."
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