A foundation composed of leading voices from the technology and academic world has presented the federal government with a cloud computing roadmap, designed to help the government leverage the benefits of the technology.

The roadmap, presented by the Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (or Cloud2), recommends the U.S. quickly adopt cloud computing to drive job group and preserve the country’s technology leadership.

It outlines a series of steps to help the government adopt cloud computing as well as policy incentives designed to spur cloud migration. The commission was created by the TechAmerica Foundation on the behest of federal chief information officer Vivek Kundra, and was led by Marc Benioff, chief executive at Salesforce.com, and Michael Capellas, CEO of VCE, a cloud venture backed by Cisco and EMC.

“Today’s recommendations by the commission will help further accelerate adoption of cloud computing within the government infrastructure,” Capellas said in a statement. “Faster adoption of cloud computing will strengthen the United States’ leadership position in the global marketplace and ignite creation of jobs that will be in high demand over the next decade.”

The commission’s Cloud Buyers Guide for Government was developed to assist government agencies as they evaluate and purchase cloud services.

The commission’s 14 recommendations focus on four key areas: 

  • Trust – individuals and organizations must be confident that the cloud can meet their needs, including security, privacy, and availability.
  • Transitional data flows – the cloud is not defined by national borders; the U.S. must lead by example in dealing with the associated challenges of cross-border data flow.
  • Transparency – cloud providers will earn trust of government and corporations by sharing relevant and reliable information about their capabilities.
  • Transformation – for full cloud adoption, there must be a change in how the federal government acquires technology. This requires investments in improving technology infrastructure, including expediting broadband deployment, education and training, and creating incentives.




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