So you might have heard of a little thing called the "economic crisis" happening all over the world.
Here's another way our federal government can save some money during these tough economic times. Based on a study conducted by various organizations, the U.S. government could potentially save $23.6 billion by going open-source, using virtualization technologies and cloud computing.
The study was conducted by MeriTalk, Red-Hat, and DLT Solutions, all of whom are involved in open-source technology. According to their expert opinion, in three years "the potential savings would be $3.7 billion for using open-source software; $13.3 billion for using virtualization technologies; and $6.6 billion from cloud computing or software-as-a-service." These hypothetical figures were based on current federal agency budgets and draw certain assumptions from other similar studies concerning federal computing resources.
Now that sounds very reasonable to me. Although the change in infrastructure could mean some re-working needs to be done, in the long term this could really help out the economy.