Defining Cloud: Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g. networks, servers, storage, applications, and services). These resources can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. The potential benefits from implementing Cloud are huge.
Cloud First Strategy:The Cloud First Policy, released by The White House in 2011, is a policy intended to accelerate the pace at which the Federal Government realizes the value of Cloud Computing by requiring agencies to evaluate safe, secure, Cloud Computing options before making any new investments. This policy is an important aspect of the government reform efforts working to achieve operational efficiencies by adopting "light" technology and shared services.