US government takes leap into the Internet 'cloud'

Sep 15, 2009
The US government took a leap into a cloud computing future on Tuesday, opening up an online storefront where agencies can purchase the Internet-based services. "Why should the government pay for and build infrastructure that may be available for free?" said Vivek Kundra, US President Barack Obama's Chief Information Officer, pictured here in an undated photo released by the District of Columbia.

The US government took a leap into a cloud computing future on Tuesday, opening up an online storefront where agencies can purchase the Internet-based services.

Cloud computing allows multiple users to share IT services delivered or hosted on the Internet.

"Why should the government pay for and build infrastructure that may be available for free?" said Vivek Kundra, US President Barack Obama's . "The federal government must buy smarter."

Kundra, who is responsible for the 76 billion dollars in annual government spending on information technology (IT), unveiled the cloud-computing storefront, Apps.gov, in a speech at NASA's Ames Research Center in California.

He said he planned to lower barriers within federal agencies to adoption of cloud-computing solutions, while addressing security and privacy concerns.

"We recognize that this is not going to happen overnight," he said.

In a blog post on the White House website, whitehouse.gov, Kundra described Apps.gov as a "one-stop source for cloud services."

"It is essential that we have access to the latest and most innovative technologies," he said. "Our policies lag behind new trends, causing unnecessary restrictions on the use of new technology."

Kundra said wider adoption of cloud computing solutions would allow federal agencies to "fulfill their missions at lower cost, faster, and ultimately, in a more sustainable manner."

"Like a utility such as electricity or water, allows users to only consume what they need, to grow or shrink their use as their needs change, and to only pay for what they actually use," he said.

Currently, most agencies operate on separate and distinct IT systems.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Google removes news snippets in Germany legal fight

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

New US government website tracks IT spending

Jul 01, 2009

President Barack Obama's chief information officer unveiled a new website on Tuesday which tracks the more than 70 billion dollars in annual information technology (IT) spending by federal agencies.

Obama's CIO: Gov't data can drive innovation

Mar 12, 2009

(AP) -- The White House's first chief information officer, Vivek Kundra, wants Americans to have access to more government data to drive innovation and help stimulate the economy.

White House launches open government initiative

May 21, 2009

The White House invited ordinary Americans on Thursday to contribute ideas on making government more open and unveiled a new website where raw federal data will be put online for public use.

Privacy group urges probe of Google cloud services

Mar 18, 2009

A US electronic privacy group has called for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the security and privacy of Google's Web-based products such as email and photo services.

IBM to Build First Cloud Computing Center in China

Feb 01, 2008

IBM today announced it will establish the first Cloud Computing Center for software companies in China, which will be situated at the new Wuxi Tai Hu New Town Science and Education Industrial Park in Wuxi, China

Sun Microsystems to offer 'public cloud' service

Mar 18, 2009

(AP) -- Taking a cue from Amazon.com, Sun Microsystems Inc. plans to launch its own "public cloud" service, which will let everyone from big-time corporations to dorm-room entrepreneurs run their businesses on Sun's computers ...

Recommended for you

Unlocking the geoblock with VPNs

3 hours ago

In recent months there have been many reports of Australians covertly signing up for the US streaming service Netflix, using fake postcodes and software workarounds to fool its geo-blocking system.

Twitter-funded lab to seek social media insights

17 hours ago

A new Twitter-funded research project unveiled Wednesday, with access to every tweet ever sent, will look for patterns and insights from the billions of messages sent on social media.

Facebook makes peace with gays over 'real names'

19 hours ago

Facebook on Wednesday vowed to ease its "real names" policy that prompted drag queen performers to quit the social network and sparked wider protests in the gay community and beyond.

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

bg1
not rated yet Sep 15, 2009
Who is going to control the servers on which the cloud will reside? Where will these servers be located?