Smart planning leads to good results. Nearly a year ago, Recovery.gov became the first government-wide system to move to a cloud computing service. The Recovery Board and its prime contractor, Smartronix, selected the Amazon cloud environment to host Recovery.gov. During the process, we engineered a fail-safe system that would keep Recovery.gov up and running in the event that the Amazon cloud experienced technical difficulties.
Last Thursday, the cloud did, in fact, experience technical problems. Several federal government websites were affected but Recovery.gov was not one of them. Because of our structural safeguards, the cloud remained available to host Recovery.gov. Users on our website were not inconvenienced.