Is all the hype about the benefits of cloud computing true or just lip service? Are security considerations an issue for the push for government adoption? Are government agencies really embracing the cloud? What does the future hold for cloud in the federal government?

NJVC's Kevin L. Jackson, Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Services, was a guest panelist on the Oct. 6th edition of GovLoop's DorobekINSIDER Live, "Catching the Cloud." The podcast, led by Chris Dorbek, was dedicated to the current state of cloud adoption in the federal government and provided commentary from Jackson and these expert panelists:

During his remarks, Jackson said that cloud computing is not a new technology, but a new business model for IT services. Cloud "is driving the cultural change in government to a service management mindset." He also commented that although improved time efficiency and cost savings are, indeed, part of the reason why the government is embracing the cloud, the biggest impact of the cloud is on its impact to mission. Agencies that use cloud services can "show increased deliverables on mission," according to Jackson. Procurement is an issue, as IT contract policies need to be changed to allow for migration to the cloud. "Cloud procurement is a 180 degree shift from the waterfall acquisition approach," he said.

Review the DorobekINSIDER blog on "Catching the Cloud" or listen the podcast on this most important subject for the future of government IT.