The 2011 Defense Authorization Act, sent to President Obama for his signature on Wednesday, calls on the Pentagon to evaluate the capabilities of commercial vendors to provide secure cloud computing services to the federal government, Nextgov.com reported.
Cloud computing replaces the current structure of accessing data and applications locally with a networked system that stores them in remote data centers. On Dec. 9, the Office of Management and Budget released a "cloud first" policy requiring agencies to evaluate the practicality of leasing access to Web-based equipment before buying new hardware or software. It was one of the most sweeping changes in federal computer policy since 1996. To read more, click here.