This week in the cloud

Tuesday - 2/22/2011, 11:45am EST

It was a big week for cloud computing on Federal News Radio – from NASA’s Nebula cloud to more information on OMB’s Cloud Computing Strategy. Plus, we learned what budget cuts might mean for the cloud…

NASA demos open source cloud computing
Hear how NASA is pairing its Nebula platform with open source cloud initiatives to pave the way in governmentwide transitions between private and public cloud computing. We hear from NASA Chief Technology Officer Chris Kemp.

OMB strategy lays a path to the cloud
We told you last week about the Office of Management and Budget’s new Federal Cloud Computing Strategy. During the Cloud/Gov 2011 conference last week, Sanjeev Bhagowalia, the associate administrator in the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, gave more details on the strategy and where agencies need to go next when it comes to the cloud.

GSA gathers input to improve acquisition process
Mary Davie told an audience at last week’s Federal Networks conference one of GSA’s priorities is helping agencies adopt a cloud-first policy. She said 12 cloud-related blanket purchase agreements will be ready for agencies in March and GSA will launch FedRamp in October.

IT opportunities exist despite budget doom and gloom
Cloud computing is one of the areas that will most likely see growth over the next few years despite spending reductions, according to a new Federal IT Services Industry Outlook report.