March 9, 2012
Cloud computing continues to lead the IT industry closer toward improved efficiency, eco-friendliness and sustainability. The U.S. government has been a major advocate for cloud-adoption, and the Department of State's Branch Chief for EMS, Gerald Caron, was recently announced as a speaker at the Green IT and Cloud Computing Summit 2012.
The summit, on April 18 in Washington, D.C., will focus on the efficiency and green IT benefits of cloud computing, as well as government initiatives to get the technology up and running on a broad scale.
The release from the Department of Defense and Green IT Council explained that attendees can expect to hear speakers from the Department of State, Department of Veteran Affairs, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the DOD.
The most recently announced speaker, Caron is the director of implementation and management of the U.S. Government Configuration Baseline desktop configurations, as well as the Federal Desktop Core Configuration.
The DOD has cited success in another of Caron's programs pertaining to Power Management for Desktops, noting reductions to cost and an improved return on investment.
Other topics scheduled for the summit include the Obama Administration's initiative for Federal Leadership in Energy, Environmental and Economic Performance, while the cloud will likely be a main focus for its proven efficacy in all of these matters.
The first and now former U.S. Chief Information Officer, Vivek Kundra, unveiled the Federal Cloud Computing Officer in February, 2011. From its outset, the initiative focused on drastically reducing the public sector's use of data centers and other IT amenities.
Kundra then asserted that $20 billion of the $80 billion annual federal IT budget could be used toward rolling out more cloud computing policies, and providing resources to departments across the government to institute drastic changes.
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