Cloud Computing Explained

ANNOUNCER: Computers and software are now a part of everyday life. We use email, set up websites, and some of us run our own businesses. We are able to use these services without having to host our own massive IT infrastructure, hiring tons of staff to operate it, spending a lot of money and getting mired in lengthy and complicated procurement processes. If you can do this easily, why can’t the government? The federal government has an extensive infrastructure, a broad user base in agencies with a variety of missions, and complex suites of applications. To address these challenges, the Federal CIO Council has charged the government to leverage cloud computing services. So what is cloud computing? According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), cloud computing provides scalable IT capabilities that are offered as a service over the internet to multiple users. Many users share pooled IT resources, reducing costs and resulting in greater computing efficiency. The federal government is focusing on security, privacy, and procurement as it moves towards cloud computing. Traditional IT can call for large data centers and server farms, which are a serious investment and require 24/7 IT oversight and energy to power and cool the servers. The federal government has hundreds of these centers around the country that often perform similar tasks, such as providing email or web hosting and are generally used at a fraction of their capability. They typically have large carbon footprints due to their enormous energy consumption, and have to comply with strict environmental controls. Cloud computing can be viewed as the green computing option, as it promotes sustainability and has a much smaller carbon footprint by limiting duplicated efforts and utilizing computing power more efficiently. Cloud computing also offers scalability, meaning you can scale capacity and processing power on-demand. Cloud computing is evolving and is not an immediate solution for all government computing needs. But it can give the federal government the same opportunity the private sector enjoys to reduce spending while making better use of staff and resources with a more forward-thinking, environmentally sensitive approach. Cloud Computing can change the way government leverages technology . . . at a lower cost, faster, greener.

22 thoughts on “Cloud Computing Explained

  1. I'm seeing green in their wallets than I am with the environment. The internet, as we all know is merely a web of servers joined together to give their services to their users. Because servers are a physical form of the internet, servers are prone to hacks, viruses, and physical damage. The government sees big money if they managed to monopolize the internet with this cloud form of technology. With everyone depending on this technology, the government controls the internet as other servers die.

  2. the government killed the future of cloud computer when it killed megaupload. After that I would not recommend anyone to trust their files to a cloud service.

  3. How is this "greener" !? The servers don't actually float up to the clouds. They are still on land, consuming electricity. They only difference is that you can access data from 'anywhere' because you're no longer storing data locally on your computer, but onto remote servers.

  4. Actually hacking is pretty easy with just one line I am capable of dropping a whole database of car license either way we are already screwed.

  5. this is a really patronizing overview of cloud computing, like we are all stupid and servers/hardware is evil and cloud computing is what captain planet would use, with some cyborg voice-over telling us what time it is. what a load of crap. its unsecured and any government department anywhere in the world holding critical information etc knows its better off keeping it all physical in a volt somewhere despite the inefficiency.

  6. In the defense of this. This is a marketing video and it's target audience is CIO's. And pretty much ALL these videos have this "tone". Ever scene a Google marketing video?

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  8. lol… so if it is cloud computing it doesn't need all those servers sitting somewhere? oh right they fly in clouds…

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