US federal agencies are spearheading a growing trend towards outsourcing IT services, and federal chief information officer Vivek Kundra expects that trend to accelerate over the next year. The General Services Administration (GSA) and Agriculture Department, for example, are moving services like e-mail to the cloud.
GSA expects this will save $15 million over the next five years, and Agriculture expects $6 million in savings annually. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is facing a 5% budget reduction in 2012, is investigating ways to maximize storage space on servers through virtualization, and the DHS is also planning to offer e-mail services through a private cloud in two of its modernized data centers. DHS CIO Richard Spires told a group of industry workers that the federal government wants to move away from the old model of IT management and IT acquisition based on asset ownership and shift to service provision instead.
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