I’ll admit, the headline of this post is a little cheeky, but it is another good sign for the future adoption of SalesLogix Cloud. Citing security and cost, Recovery.gov chooses Amazon Cloud platform to replace existing system, and adopts Amazon security platform for in-house use. Recovery.gov is the U.S. government’s official website that provides easy access to data related to Recovery Act spending and allows for the reporting of potential fraud, waste, and abuse.
Says Chairman Earl E. Devaney on costs “So what does this mean to you, the users of our website? For starters, our analysis shows, we are saving taxpayer dollars, about $750,000 over the next year and a half, and we expect to reap even more savings in the years to follow…imagine if other, much larger federal agencies were to follow our lead–the savings would be magnified many times over.”
And on security “Our website also is more secure. We have added Amazon’s security platform to our own security system. But even if someone hacked into Recovery.gov and changed recipient data, our security team says that it would take only five minutes to refresh and restore the data. We also have a back-up system protecting all recipient data, and Amazon has assured us, in writing, that Recovery.gov runs only on U.S. servers.” They got clearance to adopt Amazon security platform in-house? Wow.
More and more organizations large and small are adopting Amazon Web Services, including hundreds of well known online business apps. The view here is that Sage made a good strategic decision going with Amazon for SalesLogix Cloud Edition versus the home-grown, proprietary infrastructures such as used by Salesforce.com and others. The adoption of Amazon by government agencies bolsters this view.
For excerpts of an interview with Fed CIO Vivek Kundra: http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/cloud-saas/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=224701861&subSection=News