Cloud characteristics, like shifting standards and service levels, can pose special challenges to traditional procurement practices.
Cloud computing can present unfamiliar territory for government acquisition officials.
Some core definitions and tools could bridge the conflicting needs of agencies and cloud providers.
DOD should move cautiously but decisively to adopt cloud computing and carry out data center consolidation, board advises.
New guidelines from the National Institute of Standards and Technology offer recommendations agencies should consider when outsourcing data, applications and infrastructure to a public cloud environment.
The Defense Information Systems Agency could help defense customers find the right mix of commercial and government cloud services.
By offering a stipend and a secure network connection, agencies will welcome employees' personal devices at work.
Defense Department plans for migrating services to commercial clouds will be revealed in the coming weeks.
The specific requirements some federal agencies have could undercut the standardized approach of the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program, industry experts say.
As cloud traffic grows, wide-area network optimization could help keep users happily cruising along.
Former fed Vivek Kundra transitions to industry role after spending six months at Harvard.