Lockheed Martin’s Linda Gooden recently published an article for Washington Technology in which she argues the importance of cloud computing: “For those of us who have seen this business evolve, cloud computing is the latest example of the transformative impact of information technology. It’s been referred to as a new business model, a technology enabler and a movement. And it comes at a time when it’s needed more than ever as the government is being pressed to do more with less. It holds great promise for significantly reducing infrastructure and application development costs while giving the user easy access to data and services from any device.
Cloud computing is touching us both at home and at work. Technology consumers have grown accustomed to fast and easy data access afforded by the cloud. The iPhone, for example, offers access to more than 100,000 applications, with roughly 8,000 new apps being approved each week. Press an icon and gain instant access to applications. The apps represent software as a service, and the cloud is the data center comprising the hardware and software.”