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Government agencies being pushed to public clouds

Congress recently passed a bill which will require the Department of Defense to migrate from government controlled private clouds to commercially operated public clouds. The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act was created in the hopes of providing more effective services at lower costs, according to an InfoWorld report by IT expert David Linthicum.

Traditionally, government agencies were biased toward private clouds for the illusion that they were more secure. However, Linthicum asserted that this was a major waste of taxpayer dollars since public clouds can be just as secure.

Additionally, the idea of transitioning from option to its polar opposite may not be the wisest. Cloud computing should be an option, according to Linthicum, but not the only one. Agencies need to determine by themselves whether the technology is a viable solution or not. The government should then put a group together to help organizations navigate the migration to the cloud, regardless of their destination, whether it’s the hybrid, public or private environment.

According to IDC, by the end of 2012, roughly 10 percent of government agencies will share public cloud hubs. This number will then increase to 65 percent by the end of 2015, indicating the rapid transition to public services.

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