May 13, 2010
“The federal government has moved Recovery.gov, the Web site people can use to track spending under last year’s $787 million economic stimulus package, to Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud infrastructure-as-a-service platform, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board announced Thursday.
The move marks a milestone for the Obama administration’s cloud computing initiative. Federal CIO Vivek Kundra said in a conference call with reporters it is the first government-wide system to move to a cloud computing infrastructure. It’s also the first federal government production system to run on Amazon EC2, Kundra said.
Cloud computing has been one of Kundra’s top priorities since becoming federal CIO in March 2009. In next year’s IT budget requests, for example, federal agencies will have to discuss whether they’ve considered cloud computing as an alternative to investing in on-premises IT systems.”