http://www.evapt.com/solutions/ComputingInfrastructureProviders.php The federal government is focusing on security, privacy, and procurement as it moves towards cloud computing. Traditional IT can call for large data centers and server farms, which are a serious investment and require 24/7 IT oversight and energy to power and cool the servers. The federal government has hundreds of these centers around the country that often perform similar tasks, such as providing email or web hosting and are generally used at a fraction of their capability. They typically have large carbon footprints due to their enormous energy consumption, and have to comply with strict environmental controls. Cloud computing can be viewed as the green computing option, as it promotes sustainability and has a much smaller carbon footprint by limiting duplicated efforts and utilizing computing power more efficiently. Cloud computing also offers scalability, meaning you can scale capacity and processing power on-demand. Cloud computing is evolving and is not an immediate solution for all government computing needs. But it can give the federal government the same opportunity the private sector enjoys to reduce spending while making better use of staff and resources with a more forward-thinking, environmentally sensitive approach. Cloud Computing can change the way government leverages technology . . .at a lower cost, faster, greener.