16 August 2011 17:47:28
As the debt crisis worsens, the U.S. government continues to struggle to find ways to cut down on spending. Earlier this year, Vivek Kundra, then federal chief information officer, announced he would devote a quarter of the federal IT funding to cloud computing initiatives. The "Cloud First Policy," Kundra asserted, would generate more than $3 billion in IT cost savings.
According to Government Health IT, Kundra's newly appointed successor as federal CIO, Steven VanRoekel, recently announced he would continue Kundra's plans during his time in the position. VanRoekel, a former Microsoft executive, believes the Cloud-First Policy aims to convert 800 physical data centers to the cloud to make it both achievable and cost effective, the website reports.
The source notes that other federal IT members have received VanRoekel's appointment well. "Public-private collaboration will be critical to success. We need to prioritize and put in place resources to make the vision a reality," MeriTalk founder Steve O'Keefe stated.
Earlier this year, NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab announced it has been using cloud computing for many of its purposes. The switch, chief technology officer of the JPL CIO office Tomas Soderstrom asserted, saved the JPL money and resources over the past three years, while proving to be secure.
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