Over the past decade, cloud computing has seen tremendous growth and adoption in the private sector. Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) capabilities have fueled a major disruption of the tech industry.
The public sector has been much slower to follow suit. In a recent InformationWeek.com article titled “Cloud Adoption Could Save Feds $10 Billion Annually,” Charles Babcock discusses recent findings that stronger cloud adoption would have enormous public benefit.
Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published an assessment concluding that that federal data center consolidation would save $8.2 billion annually. IT information gathering group Meritalk went further by surveying 150 federal IT managers, who collectively believe this figure could be raised to $10 billion through further action.
Babcock writes that according the federal IT managers, “An ideal federal data center by 2021 would be ‘mostly cloud,’ all virtualized, secure, fully redundant, and highly productive for the amount of electricity consumed.” Security measures would be a top priority, as would integration of cutting-edge technology.
“There is difficult work ahead, and some agencies are more outspoken than others on what can be accomplished on current budgets,” he writes. “However, no one responded to the online survey by saying it couldn’t be done.”
For more information, find the entire article at http://www.informationweek.com/data-centers/cloud-adoption-could-save-feds-$10-billion-annually/d/d-id/1325124.
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