The White House may decide to make NASA its pilot project for replacing the government’s current IT infrastructure with cloud computing. According to NASA’s associate chief information officer for architecture and infrastructure, Mike Hecker, NASA officials have “broached the idea of NASA becoming an IT service provider. NASA as an IT service provider takes us into a new realm.” But also said that, “We’re still debating if that’s a good idea or not.”
NASA’s cloud computing model, Nebula, is currently only used for sharing space images and statistics with international partners and the academic sector. Ben Pring, vice president of research at Gartner believes NASA’s Nebula “could be used in a way to run some new applications on it, to see whether it would make sense.” Pring went on to say, “Absolutely it would be a good, smart thing to do that.”
President Obama’s Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra is pushing for government conversion over to safer and cost-effective cloud networks. According to a Next.gov article, Kundra is considering making NASA’s Nebula a platform server for multiple outside agencies.