The Government, the Pentagon and Cloud Computing

The Obama administration is embracing the cloud in no uncertain terms.

The Washington Post reports:

“The Pentagon has awarded another contract for cloud computer — which, roughly speaking, involves putting software tools on the ‘net and delivering them to users only when needed.”

What they’re talking about is the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) which awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman and EyeIT, Inc. for the SIMtone cloud computing platform.

If the Pentagon is prepared to test the cloud, isn’t it time for you to think about it? Security is obviously a concern, but the cloud will turn out to be more secure than the current paradigm.

Remember that Pentagon jet-fighter data breach? Security analyst Aamir Lakhani tells us that network security technologies could be set up to limit when and how data is accessed from the cloud and could be designed in a way that any computer accessing the information from the cloud is accessing it from a classified network over an encrypted VPN.

There are other indications the U.S. government is moving to the cloud. Most significant is the experience of the nation’s new CIO – Vivek Kundra – who is a strong proponent of Cloud Computing:

“I’m all about the cloud computing notion… I look at my lifestyle, and I want access to information wherever I am… I am killing projects that don’t investigate software as a service first.”

Here Kundra talks about how he used the cloud in his previous job:

Wait, there’s more.

The federal government’s massive information portal — USA.gov — will shift to a cloud computing platform this weekend in a move that GSA officials say will slash infrastructure expenses and provide better flexibility.

Tune in next week for news from the US Federal Government Cloud Computing Summit – hosted by, you guessed it, Vivek Kundra.

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