US Government can lead in the Cloud
Dan Kent, Director, Federal Solutions and CTO, was fortunate to participate in Tech America’s Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2) over the past 4 months. The purpose of this commission was to identify roadblocks, document lessons learned and make recommendations on how the government can increase the adoption of cloud computing.
This would serve for two purposes: first enable a more responsive and efficient government through the use of agile and cost effective IT and second to facilitate a more competitive United States as we move into a global economy which is more dependent on technology and where we believe cloud will play a pivotal role.
The Commission delivered 14 recommendations in regards to addressing cloud adoption to the government yesterday, http://www.techamericafoundation.org/cloud2, These recommendations were focused on 4 themes, Trust – bringing security availability and trust to the cloud consumer , Transnational Flow of Data – addressing the concerns of a borderless cloud in bordered world, Transparency – operational visibility and data portability and Transformation – organizational impact and benefits.
It is clear that there are obstacles which are preventing the mass movement of IT to the cloud in government agencies today and in the near future. Some of these obstacles have decade old roots in the internet and the information economy such as the lack of a common identity framework and lack of a standard security breach response framework. Many of these internet concerns are exasperated in the cloud era, as the flow of data is accelerated, the dynamic nature of the ‘network’ is exercised and leveraged, and the scale of application use and shared infrastructure is experienced.
The commission tried to provide a practical view in providing these recommendations. That was not easy given the broad definition of cloud (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS) and the common deployment of clouds (Private, Public, Community, Hybrid). Please have a view of the recommendations and let me know what you think!