West Virginia's Office of Technology is continuing to look into cloud computing, according to the Charleston Gazette. The state is looking for a new way to deliver subscription-based software, document management and data storage services to government agencies in the state whose workers would tap into the cloud.

The state has been in discussions with many different companies and predicts the cloud could save millions of dollars and increase worker productivity, according to the news source.

"Cloud-based solutions can typically be delivered in a fraction of the time compared to traditional in-house based information technology solutions," Kyle Shaffer, the state chief technology officer, told the Gazette.

State employees would be able to log onto any web-based service that hosts software programs that workers would need for their jobs. The state would no longer have to buy software licenses and could save on computer hardware, Shaffer told the news source.

In Vermont, David Tucker, the state's CIO, said cloud computing could be well suited for very small departments and other departments that have floating populations. He said the state, as a whole, should proceed with caution into the cloud due to security issues and cost concerns.