New white paper offers guidance on move to the cloud

Tuesday - 3/20/2012, 9:05am EDT

Three-way conversation on cloud computing in the federal government

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Almost from the beginning, the Obama administration has been pushing federal agencies to adopt cloud computing. It's a way to cut costs and increase flexibility.

But agencies have found the practical side of moving to the cloud to be difficult.

Now there is extensive guidance, just published as a white paper.

"What we see with this white paper is really a sharing best practices," said Scott Renda, a cloud policy analyst at the Office of Management and Budget, "This is really the key point. We're sharing the experiences across the government as well as insights from the private sector and vendors, so that each CIO in the agencies across the government don't have to reinvent the wheel."

To explain the guidance and who should read it, The Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Renda; Matt Goodrich, who oversees the program for certifying cloud security at the General Services Administration; and Allison Stanton, director of e-discovery, in the office of the assistant attorney general at the Justice Department.