Update: What Do Government Officials Think Of Cloud Computing?

This is the latest in a series of articles that covers the Federal Government’s move towards increasing use of cloud computing. You may want to look at these earlier articles for an understanding of the official stance on this emerging technology and actions taken:

1. Governments and Cloud Computing – Where Do They Stand?

2. Cloud Computing in the US Government

3. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Plans to Shut Down 100 Data Centers by 2012, 800 by 2015

4. The Architect of the Official Cloud Computing Revolution – CIO Vivek Kundra

5. Knowledge Sharing on Cloud Computing Between Government and Public Sectors

6. How Much Can The US Government Save By Going To The Cloud?

As for the latest news on the official stance on cloud computing, expectations seem to have been lowered somewhat, if Federal CIO Vivek Kundra’s recent presentation before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is compared with the “Federal Cloud Weather Report” commissioned by cloud computing company VMware. While Kundra mentioned cost savings of $5 billion annually, VMware had the figure at $14 billion.

At the same time, there is a valid explanation for this discrepancy in numbers. For one, they came from different sources, and Kundra may very well adopt a more conservative stance. In fact, in an earlier interview with the Wall Street Journal, he did mention that $5 billion is the minimum in projected savings from the cloud move. Thus, he may have just being erring on the side of caution when speaking to the Senate Committee.

Secondly, the $5 billion figure does not include the $3 billion expected to be saved by shutting down 800 federal data centers by 2015. Although, the average per year savings comes to only around $750 million, it does add to the original figure of $5 billion.

However, two recent developments are causes for concern as far as the government’s migration to the cloud is concerned. The first one is the drastic cut in the e-government fund for Kundra’s office due to the wrangling surrounding a possible government shutdown in April; the budget has been slashed from $34 million to a mere $8 million, in a move one columnist has described as “punishing success”, considering that Kundra has already saved the government billions.

Kundra addressed those cuts at the Senate hearing, saying he is hopeful funding will be restored in the 2012 budget being debated now. “Whether it’s shining a light on $80 billion of IT investments or . . . making sure that we’re getting all the data in contracting or grants [on the procurement tracking website USAspending.gov], the reality is that transparency is not free. It costs money and it takes resources. So, we’re doing our best with the $8 million funding that we have” he said.

The second cause for concern is that, according to a survey conducted by research firm Ovum, about 46% of government officials believed that cloud computing will not save their agencies enough money to make using it worthwhile. In other words, the very people tasked with implementing the cloud strategy in government seem to doubt its efficacy. Since the success of the strategy depends considerably on the conviction of all stakeholders, this is something that Kundra and his team will have to actively address.

By Sourya Biswas

sourya

Sourya Biswas is a former risk analyst who has worked with several financial organizations of international repute, besides being a freelance journalist with several articles published online. After 6 years of work, he has decided to pursue further studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he has completed his MBA. He holds a Bachelors in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Information Technology. He is also a member of high-IQ organizations Mensa and Triple Nine Society and has been a prolific writer to CloudTweaks over the years... http://www.cloudtweaks.com/author/sourya/

2 Responses to Update: What Do Government Officials Think Of Cloud Computing?

Five Signs The Internet of Things Is About To Explode

Five Signs The Internet of Things Is About To Explode

The Internet of Things Is About To Explode By 2020, Gartner estimates that the Internet of Things (IoT) will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion worldwide. It’s an astoundingly large figure given that the sector barely existed three years ago. We are now rapidly evolving toward a world in which just about everything will become…

Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud app and analytics company, Netskope released its quarterly Cloud Report. The new report reveals that enterprise employees are using an average of 397 different cloud apps (most of which are unsanctioned), when IT estimated they have 40-50 — that’s a tenfold underestimation. Below is an infographic provided courtesy of the group at Netskope which goes into further detail.…

5 Ways The Internet of Things Will Drive Cloud Growth

5 Ways The Internet of Things Will Drive Cloud Growth

5 Ways The Internet of Things Will Drive Cloud Growth The Internet of Things is the latest term to describe the interconnectivity of all our devices and home appliances. The goal of the internet of things is to create universal applications that are connected to all of the lights, TVs, door locks, air conditioning, and…

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Public, Private & Hybrid Differences

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Public, Private & Hybrid Differences

Many people have heard of cloud computing. There is however a tremendous number of people who still cannot differentiate between Public, Private & Hybrid cloud offerings.  Here is an excellent infographic provided by the group at iWeb which goes into greater detail on this subject. Infographic source: iWeb About Latest Posts souryaSourya Biswas is a…

Cloud Infographic – Cyber Security And The New Frontier

Cloud Infographic – Cyber Security And The New Frontier

Cyber Security: The New Frontier The security environment of the 21st century is constantly evolving, and it’s difficult to predict where the next threats and dangers will come from. But one thing is clear: the ever-expanding frontier of digital space will continue to present firms and governments with security challenges. From politically-motivated Denial-of-Service attacks to…

CONNECT TO THE CLOUD

 

Cloud Logo Sponsors

hp Logo CityCloud-PoweredByOpenstack-Bluesquare_logo_100x100-01
cisco_logo_100x100 vmware citrix100
Site 24x7


Contributor Spotlight

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

Contact

CloudTweaks Media
Phone: 1 (212) 763-0021

Branded Content Programs

Advertising