Kundra reiterates focus on cloud computing

Surveys done my Darrell M. West, Vice President and Director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, found that agencies generally saved between 25 and 50 percent in IT costs by moving to the cloud, based on case studies.

Kundra has already tasked the Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security to lead the ideas. The plan is to have each department determine the number of government data centers and to what capacity they are used. After that, each agency will create their own cloud computing strategy to make sure it will be included in their 2012 fiscal year budgets.

David Wyld, a Robert Maurin Professor of Management at the Southerwern Lousisana University, said hesitation to cloud computing comes from the fear of losing control and physical security.

Wyld described current sentiment as, “I have my servers. If I have my control over the data onsite, then that’s better and more secure than using an outside provider and the data being somewhere in the clouds.”
 
But Wyld also said agencies have to get over the notion that data is more secure on internal servers. The companies storing the data, such as Google, Microsoft or Amazon, have a big incentive to protect their customers' information.

"This is their business, this is their reputation on the line 24-7 to provide government with better, faster, and in many cases cheaper security [and] data access than what we can do internally," he said.