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Hope was a slogan and a sentiment that played a major role in the U.S. presidential election of 2008, and hope continues to be the mindset of technology advocates pushing for cloud computing in the public sector. As a former government employee with a long history in the intelligence field, I can easily see how cloud computing can contribute to the country's security and prosperity. The Obama administration has made several decisions that indicate an aggressive move toward more effective IT enterprise management applications.
I'd take exception to the comment "The cloud computing initiative is an attempt to reduce the costly, out-of-date and inefficient IT services, products and policies that the government currently utilizes." Cloud isn't just for new apps, but with the right platform/framework provider (possibly layered on your Appistry, 3tera and Elastra environments) applications can be re-used in an elastic, scalable, secure cloud environment. The key is to re-use, rather than attempt to rewrite, millions of lines of working code to preserve the behavior of that business logic. A "compatible enterprise platform as a service" glues the APIs existing apps expect to the new frameworks provided by public/private/hybrid cloud technology providers. SaaS compartmentalization allows the transactions in these existing apps to be mashed-up into new and interesting forms.
-- Mark Haynie