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Cloud computing can save govt agencies “25-50%” in costs, says Brookings

At Brookings Institution, Darrell West of Brookings released a new paper concluding that the government agencies who’ve adopted ‘cloud computing’ solutions have generally seen “between 25 and 50% savings in moving to the cloud.” For the federal government, West concludes that “this translates into billions in cost savings, depending on the scope of the transition.” Second, federal CIO Vivek Kundra spoke about his new plan to streamline federal government agencies’ certification of cloud computing services, by creating a “centralized certification” board designed to speed up federal cloud adoption. Conrad Cross from City of Orlando was on the panel, talking about how his city reduced IT costs by 60% by using Google Apps. And the City of Los Angeles which adopted Google Apps expects to save millions of dollars a year — makes a cameo in Brookings’ report.


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