DISA Takes the Long View

David Bennett, CIO of the Defense Information Systems Agency, has been thinking about cloud a lot lately.

DOD rolled out DISA’s milCloud in March.

Bennett, who took over as DISA CIO in October 2012, said in April that the Federal government is comfortable with its approach to cloud computing – essentially they keep as much data and as many applications as possible in government data centers.

But he said they are increasingly uncomfortable with the cost, and Feds need to consider whether it’s time to make a change. With companies including Amazon and Microsoft building cost-effective cloud offerings that meet government standards, DOD and other Federal agencies are wise to rethink their cloud options.

Cost isn’t the only factor, though, and that makes it even harder to decide whether to migrate to a commercial or hybrid cloud, Bennett said. Data security and the potential latency of data and applications stored off premises are also important factors.

David Bennett will provide the keynote address at the next Cloud Computing Brainstorm.

The Brainstorm will be held September 10, 7:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m., at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center in D.C.

Register at meritalk.com/ccx-brainstorm-2014-register.php.

Cloud Computing Brainstorm

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Bill Glanz is the content director for MeriTalk and its Exchange communities. In the past 14 years, he has worked as a business reporter, press secretary, and media relations director in Washington, D.C.