I read that Congress will soon grill federal cloud-computing enthusiast and champion, Vivek Kundra.
Kundra, the nation’s first CIO of the U.S., appointed by Obama last year, will face the House Oversight Committee on his efforts to reform government IT, including plans to institute more cloud infrastructure.
Chiefly, oversight Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) and Government Management, Organization, and Procurement Subcommittee Chairwoman Diane Watson (D-CA) want to get more information on the cloud, and Kundra’s plans. Perhaps they’re not as enthusiastic about the cloud as Kundra is, but nevertheless, there are some legitimate concerns.
For example, they’re concerned that there are no clear published policies or procedures in place for the federal government to follow when using cloud computing. So, the committee fears that there could be potential problems with security, interoperability, and data integration.
Well, join the club!
These are all concerns about the cloud that the private sector shares as well. Yet, despite their questions, companies are moving in an ever increasing tide to set up private clouds or join public ones to compute more efficiently. So, too, are they adopting cloud-based monitoring of their servers, networks, apps and other IT that they’re migrating to the cloud.
I’m sure Kundra will be able to answer Congress’ questions and put their minds at ease. And there are certainly plenty of examples already out there of governments successfully adopting cloud computing, for example, the city of Los Angeles’s switch to Gmail. Consider even the General Services Administration development of a cloud for federal departments to buy apps – Apps.gov.
In fact, I hope that, as a result of Kundra’s appearance, the committee will spurred to get involved in creating government oversight standards for the cloud – especially in the area of security.