SBA leveraging cloud computing for pandemic response work

“Federal agencies have ‘come a long way’ since the early days of cloud adoption, according to Bill Zielinski, assistant commissioner for the Office of Information Technology Category in the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service. Speaking during a May 7 GSA cloud adoption webinar, Zielinski said ‘cloud computing is now fundamental’ in the federal government.”

“The Small Business Administration leveraged the cloud for its work in pandemic response, said Bill Hunt, the agency’s chief enterprise architect. Cloud capabilities, he said, allowed it to virtualize desktops for incoming employees that support its loan programs.”

“That flexibility, Hunt said, allowed SBA to set up employees on secure virtual desktops without having to worry about physically securing actual machines. The agency has been pushing to get advanced security capabilities too, as its cloud evolves…”

“The pandemic has burnished the decade-old cloud effort, Zielinski said, adding that agencies that have been the most nimble in shifting to telework during the pandemic had strong cloud strategies before the crisis hit…” Read the full article here.

Source: SBA sets up virtual desktops for pandemic response – By Mark Rockwell, May 12, 2020. GCN.

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