Cloud.CIO.gov

One Stop Source for Federal Cloud Computing Information

Cloud computing provides scalable information technology (IT) capabilities offered as a service over the Internet to many users at one time.  Before moving your IT services to the cloud, you can target the capabilities you might need through learning how agencies are already benefiting from cloud computing.  Consider deployment models like public cloud, private cloud, community cloud, and hybrid cloud; and cloud computing service models like Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

What are the benefits to moving to the cloud?

While there are many ways that an agency can use cloud services, not all IT systems are suitable to be moved to the cloud.  As you consider moving to the cloud, it’s important to understand the different ways that cloud services can help your agency.

How have other agencies successfully used the cloud?

Cloud computing presents a different set of acquisition challenges in comparison to how the federal government acquired IT services in the past.  Not all IT computing systems are suitable to be moved to the cloud.  Before procuring cloud services you’ll need first to take stock of your current IT portfolio, decide what makes sense to move to the cloud, and evaluate the current cloud market.

How do I get started?

Cloud computing changes the way agencies manage their IT environment.  Agencies should know how to select the right computing services to move, how to migrate them to the cloud, and how to operate the new deployment within the context of cloud services.

Where can I ask questions and get help with my cloud implementation?

Cloud computing presents challenges to complying with security-related standards and protocols required in the Federal government.  Agencies must consider  tradeoffs between the savings and agility gained with concerns about maintaining business continuity, complying with cyber-security regulations, and managing legal issues such as data ownership.

What is FedRAMP and do I have to comply with it?