Chapter 1

Introduction to the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy

Information in this chapter:

• Introduction

• A Historical View of Federal IT

• Cloud Computing: Drivers in Federal IT Transformation

• Decision Framework for Cloud Migration


In February of 2011, the former US Chief Information Officer (CIO), Vivek Kundra, published the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, herein referred to as the “Cloud Strategy.1 The Cloud Strategy, as illustrated in Figure 1.1, was one of six major components of the US CIO’s roadmap to the cloud as defined in the 25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management.


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