With the passing of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, Jerry Bishop writes on Internet Evolution that he believes cloud computing may get a big boost.

Bishop said one section of the bill, section 2867, calls for the CIO of the U.S. Department of Defense to have a plan to reduce square footage of data center floor space, power and cooling utility costs, the number of full time staff, the capital infrastructure cost of data storage and the number of commercial applications. It also said there must be a transition to the cloud, computer virtualization and private management of data.

"The implications of Congress having a specific interest in cloud computing will certainly be significant," Bishop said. "Executing a focused strategy to use cloud computing and consolidate the DoD infrastructure will pour billions of dollars into the cloud services market. Massive defense spending on cloud services should lead to more innovation and more mature cloud offerings - to the benefit of all consumers of such services."

Businessweek said the White House is trying to leverage cloud computing technology to cut $80 billion from the annual IT budget. James Lewis, director of technology and public policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the news source the cloud could offer quality of service that might be better than current systems.