White House moves Recovery.gov to Amazon Web Services

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra backed up his pro-cloud commitments by launching the first fully cloud-powered federal IT project.

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Recovery.gov is now in the clouds
Underlining his commitment to cloud, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has announced that Recovery.gov, a website that shows publically available information about federal stimulus spending, will run entirely on Amazon Web Services and become the first fully cloud-powered federal IT project.

Kundra claimed that the site had undergone FISMA review and was intended to demonstrate that cloud providers could handle the challenge of running a federal website. He said that it was also a warning to agency CIOs to get moving on revamping their antiquated IT architectures. If Recovery.gov can do it, on time, under budget and without much kerfuffle, said Kundra, others must follow or go the way of the dinosaurs.

"Part of what we're trying to introduce is Darwinian pressure in federal IT," he said.

The move will save the government about $420,000 next year (enough to buy four astronaut ice creams at NASA or one polycarbonate toilet seat at the Pentagon), but that's less important than simply proving it can and should be done, said Kundra. He was careful to note that Recovery.gov contains no classified or sensitive information; in fact, it does not publish any information that it is not required to by law.

Research firm says EC2 hosts 360,000+ websites
Research from U.K. firm Netcraft says that Amazon EC2 now hosts 365,000 websites.

The study noted that Amazon has increased the number of sites that nest in its cloud over each of the last eight months, with total growth of 33% from December 2009. Which means, essentially, that Amazon is number one.

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