State of the Cloud: Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Information Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, September 22, 2015   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is a testimony compilation of the September 22, 2015 hearing "The State of the Cloud" held before the House Committee on Natural Resources. From the testimony of Mr. Mark Kneidinger: "The rapid adoption of cloud computing as called for in the 'Cloud First' and' Share First' policies exposed a number of challenges with implementing, deploying and using cloud environments. The primary challenges including security, interoperability, and portability. Secondary challenges included optimization of resource utilization and integration of cloud systems management with business processes. The most consistent lessons learned through this early adoption were captured and represented in a joint publication in 2012 between the federal CIO [Chief Information Officer] Council and Chief Acquisition Officers (CAO) Council entitled 'Best Practices for Acquiring IT as a Service'. A central premise of this publication was recognition that cloud computing presented a paradigm shift that was much more expansive than IT [information technology]. In so doing, the CIO and CAO Councils highlighted substantive issues that needed to be addressed in updating business and contracting models when applied to cloud services. This new paradigm required agencies to re-think how they acquired IT services in the context of deployment, as well as how the IT services they consume provide mission and support functions on a shared basis while meeting critical security requirements. Based on the CIO and CAO Council study, the federal government gained a renewed focus on contracting and security, and yielded a series of recommendations and best practices when acquiring cloud computing services." Statements, Letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mark Kneidinger, Mauli Agrawal, John Engates, Mark Ryland, and Alan Boissy.

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