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Is cloud computing truly scalable and can a solution be rolled out quickly?  Microsoft’s current experience with the US Department of Agriculture strongly suggests that the answer to both parts of the question is yes. The past few months have marked a transformative time in government IT in the USA , with the State of California, the State of Minnesota, and New York City embracing cloud computing. And now that momentum is carrying into the federal sector, as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)becomes the first cabinet-level agency to move its e-mail and productivity applications to the cloud. USDA will transition 120,000 federal workers from on-premise messaging and collaboration to Microsoft’s cloud computing solution over four weeks.  The migration to the cloud is part of USDA CIO Chris Smith’s vision to consolidate disparate messaging environments ... (more)