via Federal Times
The State Department wanted to make tens of thousands of foreign affairs-related historical documents, publications and data sets more accessible to the public, and 50 databases more available to its employees worldwide.
It did so on the cloud, a move intended to reduce the need for maintaining data on costly, energy-inefficient agency-owned servers. The decision also fit the Office of Management and Budget’s cloud-first policy, which requires every department and independent agency to move three information technology projects to the cloud, the first by December, the other two by June.
Two of State’s projects involve records management, and both were completed earlier this year. The Office of the Historian’s stash of documents is available to the public on a cloud hosted by Amazon.com. The Ralph Bunche Electronic Library of data can be accessed by employees at any location worldwide on a cloud hosted by ExLibris, a company that provides library automation services.