The Obama administration on Sept. 15 announced a far-reaching and long-term cloud computing policy intended to cut costs on infrastructure and reduce the environmental impact of government computing systems, CNET reports. According to federal CIO Vivek Kundra, the federal government has an IT budget of $76 billion, of which more than $19 billion is spent on infrastructure alone. And within that system, he said, the government "has been building data center after data center," resulting in an environment in which the Department of Homeland Security alone, for example, has 23 data centers. All told, this has resulted in a doubling...

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