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Proposed law will require DoD to invest in cloud computing

Congress recently passed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which will have a major impact on the future of cloud computing. This is because Section 2867 requires the Department of Defense chief information officer to improve the server and data center capabilities of the organization, according to an Internet Evolution report.

In particular, the proposed law will require the DoD CIO to reduce the size of the department's data centers and cut capital and utility expenses. Additionally, the act forces the creation of detailed strategies for the agency's transition to cloud computing and the migration of data to private cloud-based environments, the news source noted.

As a result of this migration to the cloud, more mature and innovative cloud offerings will likely come into place for consumers as the agency pours billions of dollars into its investment. Furthermore, this influx of money will help lower the costs for the rest of the market, Internet Evolution reported.

According to a report by the New York Times, the federal government plans to cut 40 percent of its computer centers over the next four years. This cut, along with the planned cloud computing investments, is expected to free up acres of space and save the government billions of dollars.

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