Gov Cloud: Executive Initiatives, Enterprise Experience

By | May 9, 2014

Note to CIOs: Cloud First’ Isn’t Just A Suggestion

Public cloud services are the biggest change driver in enterprise IT since the rise of the Internet two decades ago. The most recent InformationWeek Cloud Security and Risk Survey finds that 38% of respondents already use public infrastructure-, platform-, and software-as-a-service products, with an additional 9% planning to within the next 12 months. The IW 2014 Private Cloud Survey shows that, among private cloud adopters using or planning to adopt public cloud services, 72% use or plan to use a hybrid model. Private enterprises are clearly taking public cloud mainstream.

But what about government agencies? Yes, their needs and constraints are often quite different from those of commercial enterprises, but ignoring cloud’s efficiencies is a Β­nonstarter. This report details why, where and how government IT managers can move to the cloud.

I analyze the use of cloud services by government IT, including the requirements, executive initiatives and service qualifications, and auditing and procurement programs that make government cloud adoption unlike that in the private sector. Can government agencies be as aggressive as their commercial counterparts in moving infrastructure and applications to shared cloud services? Are the constraints on and requirements for government systems similar to those of heavily regulated industries such as finance and health care? What can government IT execs learn from these industries, and private enterprise more broadly, about cloud service adoption and how best to balance public and private in a hybrid cloud architecture? Is sharing private clouds among several agencies, or using a federal cloud brokerage, a viable option? Building a multitenant private cloud within the friendly confines of an internal government datacenter could be a win-win.

The report examines these questions and provide government CIOs and IT leaders with the information they should know as they migrate government IT to the cloud.