There are some efforts afoot across government to embrace the cloud, though. Pepoli notes that Utah, Colorado, Oregon and Minnesota have executed a multi-state request for proposals (RFP) to access geospatial applications via a cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering. A handful of vendors have been selected that each of the states will have an option to choose from working with.
Providers are looking to tap into the market as well. Amazon has a GovCloud offering aimed specifically at government customers while SalesForce.com released a government cloud offering today that is government security compliant under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). It also includes a marketplace of 1,400 cloud-based applications aimed specifically at state and local governments for functions such as streamlining permitting and inspection services, for example.
The results of the survey are being announced at a conference being held in Washington D.C. today discussing the federal government's cloud strategy, sponsored by MeriTalk. Speakers include CIOs from Massachusetts and Delaware, as well as the Department of Homeland Security in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.