The Federal move to the cloud is on. As of December 9, 2010, OMB requires all agencies to adopt a "Cloud First" policy. Feds must choose a cloud-based solution first if one exists before initiating any new IT program – and must immediately begin transitioning existing applications to the cloud. Further, in February 2011, OMB provided additional direction to accelerate the safe and secure adoption of cloud computing.
How many agencies have actually taken this step? How quickly are they progressing?
In January 2011, VMware worked with MeriTalk to survey 167 Federal government CIOs and IT managers on these important cloud questions to:
- Check cloud migration status
- Explore cloud challenges agencies face
- Provide recommendations on the path forward