Government and the Cloud: Must-See TV

It might not have had the mass appeal of Mad Men or Dancing with the Stars, but a television program cosponsored by NetApp U.S. Public Sector called “Gov Innovate: Cloud Computing” delivered a compelling message to its target audience of federal agencies.

“Federal agencies are facing obstacles in moving to the cloud, such as budget pressure, agility, and security,” said Mark Weber, President, NetApp U.S. Public Sector. The program sought to “empower government executives to feel confident in their move to the cloud by providing successful case studies on how to overcome transformation obstacles and implement cloud technologies,” Weber said.

The program, cosponsored by NetApp, DLT Solutions, World Wide Technology, and Blue River Information Technology , aired on NBC Channel 4 in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25. (see link below to view it online). It consisted of two federal panels and a state and local panel hosted by Dave McClure, Associate Administrator, Citizen Services & Innovative Technologies, GSA. Each panel discussed its efforts to adopt cloud technology in the face of dwindling budgets.

Program topics included, “Understanding the Cloud”; “Dwindling Budgets and the Cloud”; “NASA: Pioneers in the Cloud”; and, “How Local Governments Can Benefit from the Cloud.” It included case studies featuring the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, and the General Services Administration.


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