Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What does the Gov shut down mean for Cloud Computing.

The last time the Goverment shut down only a handful of people even had emails and today with the complex computing system in place let alone the Cloud we really stand to learn new benchmarks as to what it means to shut down the government.

At the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for instance, all but about 150 out of roughly 2,000 IT operations employees and engineers were told not to come to work if Congress fails to pass a funding resolution and the government shuts down Tuesday, according to a source familiar with FEMA's operations. Whether that skeletal crew is able to maintain all of FEMA's systems should the shutdown last more than a few days, especially in the event of a cyber breach, is a real concern, the source said.  Information Week
These next few days (please don't let it be longer) should prove interesting and the role of the cloud and governmental computing will be tested in a way I pretty sure few had predicted, i.e. the gov pulling it's own plug.   So we'll all have to wait and see what are the ramifications for the agencies and services that have ported over to being cloud based verses those that have much of their infrastructure  in-house or collocated --not on the cloud.

May you live in interesting times I believe is the expression.  And we have to say that we are....

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