Data Management

Cloud Computing in Government: The Case and Considerations

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Executive Summary

The state of the government information technology (IT) infrastructure and capital investments are, if nothing else, immense. Government departments and agencies - civilian and defense - have a long history of infrastructure investment that has created a vast and expensive ecosystem to support business needs and missions. While private sector organizations had a similar history, they were quicker to move to new models, such as software as a service, to reduce marginal operating costs, maximize infrastructure usage, and improve service delivery. Unlike private sector companies, government has become mired in an expensive infrastructure operations and maintenance environment that has consistently eaten up as much as 70% of overall IT budgets.

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