Getting Started with Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing is a Federal IT Priority. Cloud computing is significant not only because it is a transformative technology but because it represents an opportunity for the Federal government to achieve great progress in how technology in general is adopted, acquired, and implemented.
Cloud computing is a major feature of the President’s initiative to modernize IT and can reduce the cost of IT infrastructure by utilizing commercially available technology. Cloud computing could improve data sharing and promote collaboration among government agencies.
The cloud computing model allows the government to access a shared pool of computing resources that can be provisioned and released with minimal effort or service provider interaction. There are five essential characteristics of cloud computing: on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity, and measured served. The cloud is composed of three service models, and four deployment models.