Several government officials spoke out during a Jan. 21 webcast on the advantages of cloud computing to their agencies’ operations, FCW reported Wednesday.
Frank Konkel writes one of the event’s speakers was Keith Trippie, executive directorof the Enterprise System Development Office at the Department of Homeland Security, whose agency uses private and public cloud for communications and collaboration.
According to Trippie, cloud can improve time-to-market for services and innovation and requires less capital.
DHS currently has nine cloud computing environments and all of its 112,000 employees use the cloud for email.
With FedRAMP, which vets the various cloud service providers, government agencies have flexibility in decision-making on IT acquisition and budgeting, he added.
“Imagine a world where there’s a buffet table, and if you want steak, you eat steak, if you want chicken, you eat chicken,” Trippie gave as an analogy.