Cloud Computing Entices the US Government

This Cloud is not dark! Cloud computing is getting popular, even with the Federal Government. Last week, the government’s agency, General Services Administration (GSA) issued a Request For Quotation (RFQ) for cloud storage. This RFQ is indicative of the federal services’ interest in the upcoming technology.

An article by J Nicholas Hoover in InformationWeek goes on to say the following about the RFQ:

The document is a preliminary step toward an online “storefront” to be used by federal agencies for ordering cloud computing services.

The RFQ includes ground rules for being a cloud service provider to the U.S. government. Federal agencies will retain ownership of data and applications hosted online, and they can request full copies of data or apps at any time. In addition, cloud services are to be multi-tenant in architecture, be able to be provisioned securely and remotely, scale elastically, reside within the continental United States, and provide visibility into resource usage.

Click here to access the original article.

So, if the government endorses cloud computing, will the fears surrounding cloud computing survive for long? We don’ know, but the acceptance of the Cloud by the federal government is definitely going to make people sit up and take notice of the much-criticized technology.

With a proposed summit on cloud computing (Business Cloud Summit in London on December 2) later this year, one wonders if there will be more organizations adopting the technology for their needs. Click here to access the website of the summit.

Let’s see if the government’s RFQ will bring clarity about cloud computing. Keep watching this space for more insights into the technology.

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