The 2011 budget allocates $79 billion for IT spending and one of the priorities is going to be implementation of cloud computing platforms. 2010 will be a year of pilot projects with cloud architectures becoming part of the long range plan for greater efficiency. The reasons are buried deep within the OMB (Office of Management and Budgets) document that outlines the budget priorities. It cites a $1.7 million savings from moving the usa.gov web site to a cloud platform. And emphasizes a goal of reducing the number of data centers.
Government Computer News reports that the number of data centers grew from 432 in 1998 to 1,100 today.
One of the other priorities for IT spending will be to “acquire and deploy new social media technologies to improve citizen engagement.”
The 478-page analysis is available as a PDF.