The Department of the Treasury has made a leap over to the Amazon cloud by launching a new public gateway site on Amazon Web Services and migrating four other existing sites to its infrastructure.
Smartronix, a consultant based in Hollywood, Md., hired to complete a site redesign in June of 2010, said in addition to relaunching the Treasury.gov gateway on Amazon Web Services (AWS), it also supported the migration of four other department Web sites, SIGTARP.gov, MyMoney.gov, TIGTA.gov and IRSOversightBoard.treasury.gov over to AWS.
“Treasury’s decision to move its flagship site to a public cloud infrastructure reflects the Administration’s commitment to closing the IT gap between the public and private sectors by leveraging the power of technology,” said Vivek Kundra, Federal Chief Information Officer, in a prepared statement. “Use of cloud computing increases cost effectiveness, improves efficiency and provides greater flexibility, as the private industry sector has proven. This is exactly the kind of game-changing technology required to do more with less.”
The new site is designed to provide increased access to Treasury resources and assets. Smartronix said it was developed on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 platform, running on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) infrastructure. The platform also takes advantage of the Akamai Content Delivery Network to accelerate site performance.
The system allows a large number of Treasury employs to assume ownership of various aspects of the site. More than one hundred Treasury content owners are authorized to make updates for their areas of responsibility, as opposed to relying on a centralized Web development team. Smartronix said this is a significant department from the previous content management process.
Additional capabilities built into the site include integration with social networking tools such as Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and Twitter.
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