Obama Tech Team Envisions Federal Cloud

As President Obama was sworn in just after 12 noon, the WhiteHouse.gov web site changed as well, adopting the design and social media features of the Obama team’s Change.gov transition site. There’s more change on the way, and cloud computing is a key piece of the agenda envisioned by the new administration’s Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform (TIGR) team. In a video posted to YouTube Friday, the TIGR team outlined its goals, including a shift to cloud computing. TIGR member Andrew McLaughlin, who heads public policy and government affairs for Google, described the use of cloud computing as “one of the most important transformations the federal government will go through in the next decade,” noting the cost advantages of cloud infrastructure. The video also spotlights Vivek Kundra, the CTO of Washington who is rumored to be a candidate to the new federal CTO position. This video runs about 4 minutes, with the discussion of cloud computing starting at the 3 minute mark.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. Ernesto Vargas

    Hopefully they move from using Microsoft IIS and start using barackobama.com open source technologies like PHP, MySQL, CDNs...