It seems that the arguments surrounding cloud computing have only grown louder as the adoption rate of the technology has climbed upward. Both supporters and detractors have pointed to various aspects of the cloud to reinforce their arguments about whether or not it's good for enterprise IT.
Through it all, however, the U.S. government has stuck with the argument that cloud computing is the future and the key to modernizing the national infrastructure. That's been the government's company line since former federal CIO Vivek Kundra issued his cloud-first policy and subsequent set of best practices.
That's an important vote of confidence for the technology, as it shows cloud security may not be as much of an issue as previously thought. If more companies see that data security isn't a deterrent for the government, perhaps they will be more inclined to follow suit and deploy hosted services.
A recent report from the Federal Times noted that the government's continued support of the cloud and efforts to migrate more legacy systems to a hosted environment is proof enough that the benefits outweigh any challenges presented by the technology.
"It appears that cloud computing is here to stay. And it is clear that it makes overall good business sense for the federal government to adopt proven best practices from the commercial world," Robert Maitner wrote for the Federal Times.
Maitner also highlighted the case of the U.S. Department of Labor, which in early 2010 chose to replace its 20-year-old financial management system with a cloud computing solution. Officials wanted to integrate the same system across 22 organizations, so a move to the cloud seemed like the logical step, Maitner wrote.
The federal agency has run into issues along its deployment, but so far hasn't been deterred from making greater use of cloud computing, according to the Federal Times. The Department of Labor's issues can be easily fixed as well, as many are centered on employee training, the report said.
But the Department of Labor isn't alone in its move to the cloud. A recent report from InformationWeek detailed several case studies of government organizations migrating legacy systems. Among them is the CIA, which is looking to the cloud to handle its data storage issues. CIA chief technology officer Gus Hunt told the news provider the cloud could answer his agency's "petascale problem."
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