Webcast: The State of the Cloud

Replay video of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Information Technology field briefing on “The State of the Cloud” on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

Thanks to underwriting from the University of Texas at San Antonio, anyone can watch live or replay the video later right on this page.

The subcommittee is chaired by U.S. Rep. William Hurd, who represents Texas' 23rd congressional district which reaches from San Antonio to El Paso. He was joined at the briefing by U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, (D-Illinois), the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee.

"We chose to hold this briefing here in San Antonio because this city is on the cutting edge of cloud computing and technology innovation as a whole," Hurd said as he opened the session.

"There is an incredible amount of forward thinking taking place here. whether we’re talking about the business community, universities or some of the federal agencies that exist here in San Antonio."

Hurd told the San Antonio Express-News the hearing was to encourage the federal government to move toward cloud computing.

A statement from the subcommittee said the field briefing was convened "to explore the financial and technological benefits of cloud computing, while also considering the cyber security aspects of transitioning to cloud computing services.

"Additionally, the field briefing will examine the current challenges agencies face in adopting cloud solutions for their information technology requirements."
The following witnessestestified:

  •  Mauli Agrawal, PhD, Vice President of Research, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Alan Boissy, Product Line Manager, VMWare
  • Mark Kneidinger, Director, Federal Network Resilience, Office of Cybersecurity & Communications, Department of Homeland Security
  •  John Engates, Chief Technology Officer, Rackspace
  • Mark Ryland, Director, Solutions Architecture and Chief Architect, Amazon Web Services