Government web portal moves to cloud computing platform
USA.gov May 1, 2009, By Steve Towns, Editor
The federal government‘s massive information portal — USA.gov — will shift to a cloud computing platform this weekend in a move that GSA officials say will slash infrastructure expenses and provide better flexibility.
“We are flipping the switch tomorrow to the cloud computing platform, so this is a nervous day,” said Martha Dorris, acting associate administrator for the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of Citizen Services and Communications, on Friday, May 1. Dorris said the move will cut the portal’s infrastructure costs by as much as 90 percent and improve its capabilities.
The move presented a difficult cultural shift for agency staff, Dorris told state technology executives attending the NASCIO conference in Baltimore. “This isn’t a story about technology. It’s a story of culture,” she said. “Our technology team did not want to give up the servers. We spend a lot of time moving people along.”