Saving Money Through Cloud Computing
Source: Brookings Institution
The US federal government spends nearly billions each year on information technology. And traditionally, computing services have been delivered through desktops or laptops operated by proprietary software. But new advances in cloud computing have made it possible for public and private sector agencies alike to access software, services, and data storage through remote file servers. Cloud computing refers to services, applications, and data storage delivered online through powerful file servers. Cloud computing has revolutionized the manner in which people, businesses, and governments may undertake basic computational and communication tasks. It also enables organizations to scale up or down to the level of needed service so that people can optimize their needed capacity. This paper evaluates the possible cost savings a federal agency might expect from migrating to cloud computing by reviewing past studies, undertaking case studies of government agencies that have made the move, and also discusses the future of cloud computing. Based on these case studies, the conclusion drawn by the paper suggests that there are significant cost savings associated with various cloud computing migrations. Combined with cross-platform accessibility, scalability, and reliability, the paper presents a strong argument for the federal government to place a greater emphasis on cloud solutions. It suggests that Clouds bring convenience, efficiency, and connectability that are vital to government agencies.