It’s a good thing not all elected officials are clueless about technology. In an effort to reduce 40 percent of the U.S. government’s current 2,100 data centers, the White House has pledged to embrace flexible cloud computing in favor of traditional in-house tech deployments. The shift from building custom, proprietary IT systems to lighter technologies and shared solutions is cleaner and more cost-effective. And to prove how serious they are about the “cloud,” the White House launched Apps.gov, an online portal for commercial vendors to showcase their cloud-based technologies.
Date: December 8, 2010
Questions for discussion:
- How does cloud computing reduce the number of data centers the government currently runs?
- What is the purpose and the goal of the online dashboard the Feds recently deployed?