Why would the government agency move off Lotus Notes?

I am really shocked by that news. Actually not really shocked, just a bit disappointed that  General Services Administration, the federal agency that provides goods and services to other agencies and manages public buildings is moving from IBM Lotus Notes to Gmail and Google Apps for Government (I even did not know this existed).

Based on InformationWeek (2010-12-01) – GSA is becoming the first major federal agency to move to cloud-based email on an agency-wide basis.

Going back to my first paragraph – Why I am disappointed is because I really thing the cloud is not place for the government agencies. I don’t think the public building related information can be jeopardized among other information GSA may possess.

I hope the FBI and CIA are not going to switch to cloud computing…

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