Last week, as part of White House CIO Vivek Kundra’s push to move more and more governmental IT to the cloud, the OMB released its cloud computing strategy for the federal government. Following on the heels of the OMB’s 25-point IT reform plan introduced in December 2010, the cloud computing strategy provides a playbook for federal agencies mandated to move three technologies off-premises and into the cloud over the next 18 months.
Faster Deployment = Lower Costs
According to the OMB, infrastructure accounting for about one quarter of the federal government’s $80 billion dollar per year IT budget could be moved to the cloud as part of its cloud-first policy, resulting in gains in robustness, flexibility, and cost savings.
A big reason for that last point, cost-effectiveness, has to do with deployment time, which can be dramatically reduced when extra on-premise hardware and software aren’t involved in the equation. When software becomes a service and hardware becomes a near non-issue, governmental agencies free up more of their resources to focus on their core missions.
The Cloud Gives New Value to Old Hardware and Software
Speaking of hardware in particular, an agency’s existing hardware, while outdated by some standards, actually rises in value when paired with a cloud-based solution. Previously underused systems get new life when a cloud server’s doing the heavy lifting. Moreover, it’s easy to put new technology, such as iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices, to work right away, without worrying how they’ll integrate with the rest of your IT ecosystem.