In an article that I was interviewed for by Barb Darrow, she stated, “Should Congress fail to avert a federal government shutdown at midnight, watch for the already long process of moving government agencies to the cloud to get longer still. And that is not good news for cloud vendors like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, which are banking on government cloud contracts to fatten their bottom lines.”
The US government has not made the amount of progress with cloud computing that I would like to see by now. Go back to 2008. In those days, NIST defined cloud computing for us, and the new administration promoted cloud computing as a way to stop building data centers and become more cost efficient.
Fast forward 5 years, and the government’s progression toward cloud has been very slow, perhaps even non-existent, relative to their size and massive IT spending. However, that was until recently, when well-published government cloud contracts appeared, such as those driven by the CIA and the DOI.
The shutdown will just delay things more. While the shutdown may only last a few days, the cost of the distraction in the federal space will reverberate to a greater degree than many predict.
Thus, when things such as a shutdown occur, new projects get put on hold, and new ways of doing things become less feasible options. I suspect that will be the case here, and cloud computing will continue to be a can kicked farther down the road.