The Federal move to the cloud is on. As of December 9, 2010, OMB requires all agencies to adopt a Cloud First policy. Feds must
choose a cloud-based solution first if before initiating any new IT program
one exists and must
immediately begin transitioning existing applications to the cloud.* Further, in February 2011, OMB provided additional direction to accelerate the safe and secure adoption of cloud computing.**
How many agencies have actually taken this step? How quickly are they progressing?
In January 2011, VMware worked with MeriTalk to survey 167 Federal government CIOs and IT managers on these important cloud questions to check cloud migration status, explore the cloud challenges agencies face, and provide recommendations on the path forward.
25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management, http://cio.gov/documents/25-Point-Implementation-Plan-to-Reform-Federal%20IT.pdf ** Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, http://www.cio.gov/documents/Federal-Cloud