Federal Cloud Computing, two steps forward?

Over the past week I have presented Dell’s thoughts and capabilities around cloud computing to several different groups from the U.S. military.  In preparation for these talks I did some research into what’s happening in the wild and wonderful world of federal cloud computing.  Here are a couple things that I found particularly interesting:


In the past I have used the General Services Administration’s cloud RFQ  issued last July, as an example of how the government is boldly sallying forth into the cloud.  Turns out that in February they withdrew the RFQ saying basically that too much had changed since the RFQ was issued and that they need to regroup and get a solid view of the customer and market landscape before writing a new one.

Speaking of snags, Apps.gov which was launched last September as “an online technology supermarket for federal agencies” has not been the success that Federal CIO Vivek Kundra had hoped for.  According to the WSJ, “concerns about compliance with security requirements and terms of service have prompted many agencies to bypass Apps.gov.”

But wait, there’s more

The above being said, the US government has a ton of cloud projects its working on.   To get smart on the littany of efforts, check out the State of Public Sector Cloud Computing report that Vivek Kundra issued last week.

Stay tuned for my next entry that will talk about how the Military is “forging” ahead.

Pau for now…

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