I recently read an article from a CTO of a major US system integrator that viewed (strongly, I must add), that Cloud Computing is “the new growth platform” for government …etc.
Where is his basis for this? The US federal government is still experimenting with this idea, yes the idea of implementing a Cloud solution within its very fragile infrastructure and architecture.
Many issues arise from simply mentioning cloud. Ownership of the information once placed out in the cybercloud,. Every agency views its data as the source of all things USA and releasing it to an open unknown is crippling to federal agency CIOs/CTOs.
Data Rights Management (DRM) is the unspoken battle that federal agencies bicker amongst themselves, especialy when multiple sources of data and information are blended into a new faction of information.
How does one calculate the majority owner a mash-up sources of information?
Finally, security is the main issue and choke point for our government. Having an open mass of data without a defined structure of protection is taboo. Until vendors seriously consider this core requirement, and address it, the concept of cloud computing leaves System Integrators in a fog.