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DHS plots its cloud computing strategy

The Department of Homeland Security will use its data center consolidation effort as a launchpad into shared services and a private cloud strategy, Keith Trippie, executive director of DHS' enterprise system development office, said Thursday. Speaking at an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association breakfast panel in Bethesda, Md., Trippie said that the as-yet unnamed DHS cloud will be serving up SharePoint and enterprise e-mail before the end of fiscal 2010, with a development testing environment and a more general common operating environment to follow.

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