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Floating Into the Cloud


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Explore whether (and where) the cloud is ready for prime time in government

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Demand Signals Seen Today

An insatiable appetite for data New tools virtually every day The velocity of change making it hard to keep up
The velocity of change in technology has moved many IT functions to adopt a new approach to sourcing and managing technology vendors and service providers as part of their overall IT infrastructure strategy.
Ernst & Young, May, 2013

The quest for simplicity and efficiency

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Our personal lives

And our work lives

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One View of Whats Next

(what) I think is going to dominate the IT industry over this next decade, is the Internet of everything. Every sensor, every device in the world is going to be connectedThis will completely transform health care, education, business

Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers

(Photo: Simon Dawson, Bloomberg)

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One View of What Are Experiencing

J. D. Wood says that today IT operations
Cost too much Are burdened with too much complexity Lack agility and flexibility

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Articles in the August 9th edition of

(Products, News, and Information Data Centers Can Trust)

Make Your Network Telecommuter-Friendly Steps You Can Take To Keep Your Servers Maintained & Running Their Best Server Trends, Technologies Reshape The Industry Understand Cooling & Airflow Issues Protect Your Network From The Newest Threats Clean & Maintain Data Center Flooring Troubleshooting Cable Issues
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I dont want to deal with the muck! Muck: mire a tract or area of wet, swampy ground; bog; marsh
(the polite definitions from

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Todays Challenges
Having a strategy that truly adds business value for the organization or company Keeping up with changes smartly Reducing costs Getting enough capital funding Emphasizing the right stuff Good use of time and people

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Governments and businesses are choosing to float into the cloud for operational and cost reasons
Not as a matter of policy Not being done by fiat Not a program

Are deciding that their time, energy, and money are better used in creating business value with IT Choosing not to handle the muck

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Why Are They Floating Into Clouds?

Operational advantages
High availability Capacity on demand
Surge capability Scale up and down without penalty

Development and testing on line and on demand lab-on-demand Speed to service and speed to market Access to more services and applications without building them Reduction of risk

Cost advantages
Lower total cost of ownership acquire, operate, maintain Lower cost of entry Pay as you go models only for what you use
No over provisioning
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Using OPEX versus CAPEX

There Are Risks and Barriers

Perception of and in some cases real issues with security, availability, accountability, continuity Loss of control Trusting others to do what has traditionally been done in house how responsive and sensitive will the service provider be? Culture we have become accustomed to buying and owning our own IT
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Is the Cloud Ready for Prime Time? Yes

Practical use of cloud computing can
Better enable government and constituents Allow IT managers to focus on adding business value Reduce risk and cost

With these considerations and guidelines

The necessary security and privacy Consistent SLAs with the necessary reliability and performance A consistent set of terms and conditions and good business rules Accepting that clouds may not be suitable for everything
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But, Are We Ready for Cloud Prime Time?


Loss of comfort

Loss of control

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The Acid Test

If.. It makes operational sense The business arrangement is tight The total cost of ownership is lower It is practical Then.. Join the floaters And, work the resistance
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