Computing in the cloud is clearly in the mainstream and continues to build steam as it floats along. One way that the cloud’s proliferation is imminent, and likely to become the standard at some point, is that the U.S. Government wants to adopt and implement this exciting, cost-saving, and for some, slightly worrisome and unnerving, innovation in technology.

Companies who already use the cloud for their business technology needs already understand the pros and cons of using cloud computing technology. The cloud server companies ensure that their clients’ data is safely stored and easily accessible. Additionally, the cloud companies also make sure that their clients’ systems remain current at all times with the most recent software and antivirus updates so that their systems are up-to-date as well as fully protected by any potential viruses or malware threats.

The Cost-Saving Factor for the U.S. Government

It makes senses that the United States Government wants to reach for the sky with cloud computing technology since it has so many potential budgetary benefits. The government sees the same benefits in cloud technology that large corporations and a large variety of small businesses see—that it will save money and make any office more efficient.

The government may be able to trim the budget when servers are all combined over a network where there are personnel to handle server issues while on-site IT staff can help manage daily computing issues such as training staff in how to access documents in the cloud. The IT staff will also be in regular communications with the cloud company where the government’s vital documents are stored.

Acknowledging the Security Concerns

As with any new technology, people will be leery of the potential risks involved, especially when the government’s sensitive data is involved. Classified housing, social security, military and other vital information is currently under the government’s control in their current computing system. However, the idea of placing that data into the hands of a third-party does send out waves of worry. According to one study, 73 percent of respondents indicated their primary concern with migrating to the cloud is security.

With a potential of more than $16 billion in savings on the line for each for each department with mission-critical apps, the increasing migration to the cloud seems inevitable.

What About a Backup Plan?

When utilizing cloud computing, companies and the government can still be actively involved in the care and upkeep of their sensitive documents residing in the cloud. IT staff should be an integral part of the computing process by always remaining updated on where their organization’s data is at all times. Ensure that the organization has all of the necessary antivirus updates installed. Another backup would be for IT staff to synchronize and back up data with on-site servers so that customers’ or citizens’ data is always easily accessible and retrievable. One more backup plan is for IT to always encrypt data so that it is stamped with a seal of the company or the government.

Whatever the government decides to do, it will most likely borrow some more pages from successful corporations. It will buff security concerns with private clouds and ensure against security breaches by keeping on top of the latest virus protection software. It will also need to have local backups to ensure vital data isn’t lost. The future is bright for the government and the cloud—it just needs to put on some rain boots first.