Chapter 1 – Introduction to the federal cloud computing strategy

In this chapter, the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy is introduced, followed by a brief history of information technology (IT) within the US federal government beginning with the mainframe and concluding with the transition to mobility. A chronicle of the major IT-related legislation and policies provide insight into the governance of federal IT policies that have been developed over time to address governance, IT management, information security, security and privacy issues with the adoption of new technologies within the federal government. It further presents the federal IT transformation through a summary of the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy beginning with the drivers for adoption and ending with the application of the decision framework for cloud migration.