20 September 2011 16:45:49
As a result of former federal chief information officer Vivek Kundra's demands of the federal government to migrate more operations to cloud computing-based services, service providers are taking advantage of the massive grants that have been put on the table. Politico recently published an article explaining that many cloud providers are fighting for a piece of the $2.5 billion cloud budget of the General Services Administration.
According to the source, the GSA has set out to create email accounts primarily on the cloud for all federal employees, which has led major cloud service companies to state their cases.
"We got healthy competition coming in for it - the usual players you would suspect and others, as well," GSA associate administrator of the Office of Innovative Services and Technologies David McClure told the news provider. "That, to me, indicates there is a healthy market and a great deal of interest."
The website notes the GSA will make their decision public on October 17, while the agency believes it will fulfill multiple services with a variety of major and start-up cloud service providers.
According to the cloud computing journal, Kundra's Cloud First Policy aims to migrate a quarter of all federal IT spending toward cloud computing initiatives.
-McAfee Cloud Security