At the July 15 NDU Cloud Computing Symposium, Vivek Kundra (Federal CIO) strongly endorsed the creation of a government Cloud Storefront. This Storefront (run by GSA) will make Cloud resources (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) available to government agencies. Centralized access points for procuring Cloud resources are being considered by several other governments including the United Kingdom G-Cloud app store and the Japanese Kasumigaseki Cloud .
There are strong initial efficiency benefits (reduced procurement time and costs) gained by providing government projects with controlled access to multiple Cloud resources. However unless a set of best practices are followed, there could be negative long-range results such as lack of portability and interoperability across Cloud deployments. On September 21, the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) will host an open free Session on "Best Practices for Cloud Storefronts" at its Virginia Plenary. The focus will be on recommended minimal standardizations (and compliance tests) for Cloud resources that are included in Storefront. Government IT leaders (e.g. GSA) will be invited to participate in the Session.