We all know that Obama’s Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra believes cloud computing should be the dominate technology in the US federal government and that it should be the future of IT technology. Kundra plans to make this goal a reality with the launch of a General Services Administration (GSA) ‘storefront’.
At a cloud computing symposium last week, Vivek Kudra said, “We will abstract all the complexity for agencies so they do not have to worry about federal compliance, certifications and accreditations. So literally, you’ll be able to go in as an agency and provision technology on a real-time basis.” Giving federal agencies the freedom to shop for software and technology, similar to a citizen signing up for a G-mail account, Kundra hopes will eliminate the current 18-month process of selecting and then setting up new technology.
Kundra believes that cloud computing will bolster cooperation among the federal, state and local agencies. “For far too long we’ve been thinking vertically and making sure things are separated. Now we have an opportunity to lead with solutions that by nature encourage collaboration both horizontally and vertically,” said Kundra.
Kundra also acknowledged the security risks of implementing a cloud system in federal networks and suggested that a separate network for sensitive government information be created. A launch date for the website has yet to be determined.