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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

2 responses to “Everyone Is Having An App Store These Days, Why Not Govt.?”

  1. Phil Atio

    You are far more optimistic about government-wide cloud adoption by federal agencies that I am. Three huge impediments come to mind: (1) the stove-piped federal organization structure (2) the complex, detailed, arcane, bizarre maze of security rules and lore and (3) a long legacy of past failures. Every data center (or applications) consolidation effort I know of in federal government has been slow, painful, and has come nowhere near reaping the promised cost savings. Federal employees are like elephants — they’ll never forget the legacy of consolidation. For the foreseeable future, these factors will doom the federal cloud to handling small-time stuff like the TSA Blog.

    Consider researching and writing a piece or two about federal security, privacy, and procurement rules and requirements. Learn how they cannot be ignored or waived because they derive from law. And look into the culture of federal agency IT. You’ll quickly see what I’m talking about.

  2. Krish

    I have done reasonable amount of research about the issues involved. I never proclaimed that this is a cure all for all the government problems. I made my analysis based on the efforts by the current administration on the cloud front and my hope that the government is efficient. It is my argument that if the administration is successful in doing what it intends to do using cloud computing, it will help the government and its citizens. There ends my analysis and I really don’t care about the politics involved within the federal government structure. However, thanks for putting forward the problems that could come up. We have to wait and see how it goes.