Federal Agencies Pick Up Their Interest in Cloud Computing
Federal procurement plans start to include cloud computing as a focus area.
By: Kevin Jackson
Apr. 14, 2009 03:00 AM
Federal agencies are now officially exploring cloud computing as an option for some of their information technology requirements. This development represents a significant shift from the quiet pilot activity so characteristic of new technology in the Federal space. Examples of this apparent increase in interest include:
Until now most of these efforts have been quietly pursued under existing contract as exploratory pilots. These three examples, however, represent focused interest by funded programs of record, an apparent acceptance by these organization in the inevitability of cloud computing as a mainstream technology.
The Washington Post actually highlighted this trend in a March article titled "Tech Firms Seek to Get Agencies on Board With Cloud Computing".
"Proponents say cloud computing could mean a big shift for traditional government IT providers, such as defense contractors SAIC and CACI. 'We think this thing is going to fundamentally change the way we leverage, procure and utilize IT,' said Michael Farber, a Booz Allen Hamilton vice president."
2009 is certainly turning into a big year for Federal cloud computing.
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