Implementing the cloud-first policy? Start with e-mail.

By Rutrell Yasin Dec 17, 2010


Agency managers charged with moving applications to a cloud platform over the next 18 months should start with Web-enabled applications such as e-mail to meet the Obama Administration’s “cloud-first” mandates, government and industry observers say.

As part of the Office of Management and Budget’s 25-point plan to reform federal information technology management announced recently by federal CIO Vivek Kundra, agencies must adopt a cloud-first policy that requires them to move three applications to the cloud over the next 12 to 18 months. Agencies have to identify the three “must move” services within three months, and move one of those services to the cloud within 12 months and the remaining two within 18 month.

The 25-point plan includes several steps required to put in place the infrastructure, vehicles and policies needed to support cloud computing – that’s positive, said Bob Otto, executive vice president of advisory services with Agilex, an IT consulting firm.

Full article at Federal Computing

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