US Senator Seeks Federal Funding for New York Cloud Computing Center
It’s no secret that the US Government is a big supporter of cloud computing. Although this support has declined slightly from the days when former Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra was at the helm of the country’s information technology initiatives (See: The Architect of the Official Cloud Computing Revolution – CIO Vivek Kundra), cloud computing still manages to get considerable attention in the US administration (See: US Cyber Command Chief Gives Cloud Computing Security His Vote of Confidence). Now, it seems individual lawmakers have also decided to get on the cloud computing bandwagon.
US Senator Charles Schumer has announced that he would seek federal funding to help finance the $3.5 million construction of the New York Cloud Computing Center at Marist College in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Now, while the US government’s love for the cloud stems from the possibility of saving billions (See: How Much Can the US Government Save by Going to the Cloud?), the Senator has a different reason for his support – the projected creation of 3,000-plus local jobs. As he states, “The cloud computing center means three things: Jobs, jobs, jobs. That’s something everybody can understand.” Considering that job creation is one of the most popular reelection planks, the Senator’s beliefs are not unwarranted.
“Cloud computing at Marist isn’t just pie in the sky; it means jobs on the ground in Dutchess County. This incredible project tapes two of the Hudson Valley’s greatest resources, IBM and Marist, in a tandem effort to create hundreds of jobs in one of the fastest-growing high tech sectors in around. The Hudson Valley is a proven leader when it comes to growing IT businesses, we need to make sure that the future of cloud computing happens here in Dutchess County,” said Senator Schumer. “The federal government should invest in this project that, simply put, has endless possibilities. Today I’m urging the federal government to get all hands on deck to help this project get the final liftoff. It will benefit our region and our country as we seek to be a world leader.”
The project is collaboration between IBM and Marist College. In spite of being the recipient of $2 million in federal funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), more funds are required for completion. The center is expected to incubate new businesses by providing entrepreneurs the computing power, analytics software and offices needed to create and sell their products. “And once they become commercially successful, to stay in the Mid-Hudson Valley and stay in New York and grow and make this their home base,” added Dennis Murray, President of Marist College, underlining the possible regional impact of this initiative.
By Sourya Biswas