Yesterday, in his own blog entry, Recovery Board Chairman Earl E. Devaney announced that the Board has shucked its old fashioned computer infrastructure and moved to cloud computing, in which individual organizations can access the computer power they need, through the Internet. The Recovery Board’s move, hosted by Amazon.com, actually took place on April 26, making Recovery.gov “the first government-wide technology system to use the cloud infrastructure.”
The chairman totes up the savings at $750,000 for the next year and a half, with more expected down the road. Other benefits he lists include faster service, better energy conservation and the ability of staffers and contractors to focus on content rather than the technology itself.
You can read more about the change at the Chairman’s Corner.