Friday, December 30, 2011 4:55:38 PM
The United States government has repeatedly emphasized that cloud computing should be a major federal agency and enterprise IT solution moving forward. However, some experts say Korea has established the standard for government cloud adoption.
According to a ZDNet blog post by technology expert David Chernicoff, Korea has surpassed the U.S. in terms of agency IT consolidation, as it's already lowered costs and improved productivity. Chernicoff says cloud computing adaption has been a significant force in Korea's consolidation strategy, with plans designed to transition 50 percent of federal computing services to the cloud.
This transition, as well as increasing open-source software adoption, could result in decreasing operational costs 30 percent, the report said.
Chernicoff believes the U.S. government can accelerate its plan to greatly reduce IT budgets by examining Korea's successes and adapting the strategies to U.S. goals. Korea's National Computing & Information Agency has a strong hold on combating potential cloud-related issues, especially security, he explains.
U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration have recently devised several plans to fuel government agency cloud adoption, including a Cloud First initiative designed to reduce IT expenses and improve security. Vivek Kundra, the U.S. CIO before Steven VanRoekel took over the position in August, said 25 percent of the government's IT budget could soon be spent on cloud services.
-McAfee Cloud Security