Feb. 15, 2011
By Ezra Brook,

U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra spoke at the Cloud Security Alliance Summit on Monday (Feb. 14, 2011) in San Francisco, explaining the need to save taxpayers billions of dollars by running the government IT systems efficiently.

The US government run infrastructure is aging and is ridden with lots of issues, including clogged pipes, leaking water, tangled cables, older uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems.

In an effort to run the government agencies efficiently, the CIO plans to shut down 800 data centers by 2015, shaving billions from the current $80 billion spent on IT. $20 million (estimated) of this total is going to be spent for cloud computing.

Kundra said that his office has published a guide entitled, “Federal Cloud Computing Strategy” online for everyone to tap into the innovative spirit. We spend too much time and money dealing with computer issues, instead, we need to make the U.S. infrastructure better.

The Federal Cloud Computing Strategy is designed to:

  • Articulate the benefits, considerations, and trade-offs of cloud computing
  • Provide a decision framework and case examples to support agencies in migrating towards cloud computing
  • Highlight cloud computing implementation resources
  • Identify federal government activities and roles and responsibilities for catalyzing cloud adoption

Some agencies have already taken advantage of the cloud. The General Services Administration (GSA) has consolidated the multiple e-mail services used within the agency to a single cloud-based platform. The move is expected to save $15 million over the next five years.

It is expected that online data backup companies will play a crucial role in helping US government agencies implement robust online data backup systems, using agentless, Backup Lifecycle management (BLM), de-duplication, Continuous Data Protection (CDP), Bare Metal Restore (BMR), integrated web portal, Service Level Agreement (SLA), tiered pricing plans, and more key features of the enterprise grade systems.

To download the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, please click on the link below:

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