As agencies continue moving to the cloud, what’s the state of the migration in government today, and what opportunities and challenges remain? Those questions and many others were answered during the panel discussion, “Cloud in Government: Promise and Practice”.
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Keith Bluestein, the acting chief information officer of the SBA, said the agency has been upgrading its network backbone as a precursor to being able to take advantage of new technologies such as the cloud.
Federal PCs have been stuffed with Microsoft applications since time immemorial. Now more and more users want the cloud versions. But the IRS found that an existing license maintenance contract didn’t give it access to the cloud. Procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of the law firm Petrillo and Powell offers his insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Cloud has become a necessity for holding the large amounts of data generated by the so-called internet of things phenomenon. That’s according to an analysis of spending patterns from Govini. Govini analyst Matt Hummer and the FCC’s Chief Information Officer David Bray join Federal Drive with Tom Temin to add some context.
For nearly 10 years, the Defense Information Systems Agency has been working to provide secure cloud computing to DoD agencies. No longer the exclusive cloud provider itself, DISA now helps agencies use commercial providers in a secure way. John Hale, the cloud portfolio manager at DISA. tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin the effort centers on applications, if they’re ready for cloud hosting and the best way to go about it.
The intelligence community is building its cloud system around the concept of integration in order to facilitate better data sharing and standardized security.