Just a few interesting points from a report on a Washington cloud conference recently.
In the [US] federal government, which carries a roughly $80 billion annual IT budget, the question of cloud computing is no longer a question of “if,” but rather “how,” and “how soon.”
That is an interesting observation, but we say that one coming, didn’t we?
“Cloud computing is not just about doing the same thing cheaper, but it’s about doing things that you couldn’t do before,” he added.
“The real issue is if you’re a federal agency you don’t care whether you have a public cloud or a private cloud or a banana cloud,” [a salesforce executive] said. “What you really care about is does your vendor meet federal security requirements. That is the discussion.”
A private plane, say a two-seat Cessna, is not necessarily as safe as a commercial, “multi-tenant” jetliner available to the public.
What remains then, are threats that you cannot have your cloud provider engineer away. Outside the US, people see the US government itself as the primary residual security threat, and find it peculiar that federal agencies feel the need to protect against that threat.