Cloud Case Studies: Agencies are Tackling some Unique Challenges

March 5, 2012

Last year, when he was federal chief information officer, Vivek Kundra laid out an ambitious strategy for adopting cloud computing across government, calling on agencies to invest a quarter of all information technology spending--$20 billion--in Web-based IT operations.

Considering computing services in the cloud are still relatively new and the public grasp of the concept still hazy, this would appear a tall order. But several agencies have leaped into the fray, deploying cloud-based systems to handle email, collaboration and high volumes of public communications.

These deployments have not been without hurdles. IT leaders have sweated the details of transitioning from legacy systems, while others have finessed the finer points of scaling Web-based products to meet their needs. Some have been challenged to consider turning over major IT operations to third-party providers. 

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