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US gov't sends recovery spending data into cloud

A US government site that allows citizens to access data to recovery-related spending has been moved to the cloud for savings and security
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

The US government has taken a giant leap into the cloud, a move that it hopes will increase efficiency, improve security and save money.

Recovery.gov, the government website where Americans can access data related to Recovery Act spending, has officially moved to a cloud-computing infrastructure. The switch went live at 21.48pm on 26 April, using Amazon's EC2 service, according to the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which oversees Recovery.gov, according to a statement.

The immediate cost savings will be more than $330,000 (£226,000) in fiscal year 2010 and $420,000 in fiscal year. But there will also be other savings too, the agency said, noting that there is no longer a concern about or expense of an underlying datacentre or computer equipment.

For more on this story, see Washington jumps into cloud, moves Recovery.gov to Amazon EC2 on ZDNet.com.

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