18 July 2011 14:50:24
In a recent report for Computerworld, Missile Defense Agency CIO Jim Armstrong noted that his agency has been one of the leading government bodies in terms of cloud deployment, moving several solutions to the cloud long before the "cloud first" mandate.
Armstrong wrote that through the cloud, the Missile Defense Agency has managed to reduce the costs associated with its IT solutions, while also enhancing service levels and improving management capabilities.
One of the primary benefits of the cloud is that it can be reached from virtually anywhere with an internet connection. This is key at Missile Defense, Armstrong said, because the agency has several locations around the country. Through the cloud, employees can collaborate with one another more effectively with minimal downtime.
"For us or anyone else in IT services, this shift to the cloud is a logical technological progression," Armstrong wrote.
Late last year, federal CIO Vivek Kundra instituted a cloud first policy in an effort to accelerate the government's transition to the cloud. Kundra also estimated that nearly a quarter of the government's IT budget would be allocated for cloud-related initiatives.
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