At the end of 2010, the U.S. Chief Information Officer, Vivek Kundra, laid out his plan to modernize federal information technology management. Kundra’s strategy incorporates shifting the federal IT approach from tangible systems built from scratch to more flexible “light technologies,” such as cloud services. In his plan, Kundra explains how he will transition the federal IT management to a “cloud first” policy.  He believes the transition will enable federal agencies to leverage IT to create a more efficient and effective government in the future.  The U.S. CIO also intends to require these agencies to move three services to the cloud within the next year and the remaining two within the next 18 months.  In addition to utilizing light technologies, the federal government would also reduce its surplus of federal data centers by 2015.

At the time the document was published, the government was operating and maintaining nearly 2,100 data centers.  Kundra suggests consolidating at least 800 of them. Blackboard also believes in harnessing the power of cloud solutions. These types of services are economical, flexible, and fast.  And unlike more traditional methods of deploying new IT services, cloud technologies can expand and contract seamlessly based upon demand, be deployed rapidly, and at much lower costs.  The U.S. CIO understands the multiple benefits of light technologies as well. That is why he plans to implement commercial cloud applications, create private government clouds, and even utilize clouds with state and local governments where needed. Making the switch to cloud services will not only benefit Kundra and the federal government, but it could also help your organization: •    Eliminate the need to build new infrastructure •    Streamline risk management •    Eradicate redundancy •    Manage and reduce costs Watch the video (produced by GSA!) for a good explanation of cloud computing and subscribe to our blog feed for more updates on the implementation of the CIO’s federal IT plan.

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