apps.gov — cloud computing, effectiveness, cost savings for Federal IT

apps.gov — cloud computing, effectiveness, cost savings for Federal IT

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Hey, we're hearing right now about a big improvement in the way the US gov't manages data and gets stuff done. This really is big.

Vivek Kundra, Federal CIO, is doing a great job for the country.

Check out their blog and apps.gov:

Apps.gov
is an online storefront for federal agencies to quickly browse and
purchase cloud-based IT services, for productivity, collaboration, and
efficiency. Cloud computing is the next generation of IT in which data
and applications will be housed centrally and accessible anywhere and
anytime by a various devices (this is opposed to the current model
where applications and most data is housed on individual devices). By
consolidating available services, Apps.gov
is a one-stop source for cloud services – an innovation that not only
can change how IT operates, but also save taxpayer dollars in the
process.
The federal government spends over
$75 billion annually on information technology (IT). This technology
supports every mission our government performs— from defending our
borders to protecting the environment. IT is essential for the
government to do its work, and it is essential that we have access to
the latest and most innovative technologies.
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Craig. I also agree this is Big. However, I heard a few different numbers thrown around. One is that the government hoped to save $75 Billion per year with this initiative and the other is that $75 Billion is the US Gov entire IT budget. Does anyone know the answer? Also, I would disagree with the definition that Cloud Computing “allows data and applications to be housed centrally and accessible anywhere and anytime by a various devices (as opposed to the current model where applications and most data is housed on individual devices)”. I agree that Cloud services allows data and applications to be accessed from anywhere. But I do not agree that the Cloud will eliminate local data and applications from the local client. The periphery is where the power resides, and that will only increase. The concept that our more powerful cheaper devices will become thin clients or dumb browser terminals is not logical, nor is it the trend. The cloud will enhance the mobility and redundancy of the local client; not replace its power.

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I also agree that Cloud services allows data and applications to be access from anywhere.But I do not agree that the Cloud will eliminate local data and applications from the local client. Great job..!

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