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Government CIOs eye business apps in cloud transition

Kenneth Corbin | June 3, 2013
The shift to cloud computing underway across the federal government could eventually move from commodity functions to custom business apps

Also, coming every 10 years, the Census is tailor-made for a scalable computing platform that can ramp up quickly to provide computing resources for the endeavor, and then wind down once it is completed.

Government Sees Cost Savings and Agility in the Cloud
Agencies across government are seeking that same spirit of flexibility as they move to the cloud, a shift impelled not only by the anticipated cost savings, but also a desire for greater agility and responsiveness in IT, according to Kathy Conrad, the principal deputy associate administrator at the General Services Division's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.

"As you hit peaks and valleys of demand for service, you can provision cloud much more rapidly and much more effectively than you can an aging infrastructure of a bunch of servers that you're investing a ton of money in," Conrad says. "It's not just being agile, but it's also being able to hit the performance levels that you need, when you need them."


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