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Blurred Lines: How Cloud is Re-Defining Public/Private Partnership

Federal IT executives are focused on the future. And, as agencies consider modernization strategies and options, most agree that cloud will be a foundational component. While cloud conversations have been ongoing for many years, widespread use of cloud models remains a challenge. There is still confusion about choices, migration paths, and which cloud offerings are available for different types of workload. Fortunately, the burgeoning relationship between government and industry partners helps agencies cut through this cloud confusion. Federal IT executives are focused on the future. And, as agencies consider modernization strategies and options, most agree that cloud will be a foundational component. While cloud conversations have been ongoing for many years, widespread use of cloud models remains a challenge. There is still confusion about choices, migration paths, and which cloud offerings are available for different types of workload. Fortunately, the burgeoning relationship between government and industry partners helps agencies cut through this cloud confusion.

Making a List and Checking it Twice

According to the MeriTalk “Cloud Without the Commitment” report , 75 percent of Feds want to move more services to the cloud – but aren’t really ready to say “I do.” In fact, according to this study, 65 percent of agencies are not adequately prepared before they walk down the cloud aisle. As agencies approach cloud migration, developing a cloud checklist based on lessons learned increases the probability of a seamless and successful transition. Stage 1: Establish Your Cloud Strategy It begins with the foundation.

The Cost of Cloud: Covering All Your Bases

To score a home run, you have to cover all the bases. But getting from start to finish is harder than it looks. For Federal agencies, hitting IT out of the park is even more difficult due to budget constraints, lengthy procurement processes, and staffing difficulties.

The Great Cloud Debate: Public vs. Private – and the ViON Hybrid Model

Today, just 13 percent of Feds say they can deploy new systems as quickly as required. And, it’s no secret agencies are being pushed to make the move to cloud – whether it’s data center consolidation initiatives, flexible performance to meet constituents’ on-demand requests, simply the desire to increase overall IT efficiency, or the demands of the current regulatory environment.

A Break in the Clouds? Taking a Business Model Approach to Clear a Path to Federal Cloud Adoption

Federal IT leaders have the best possible cloud intentions – from Cloud First and Shared First to FDCCI and FedRAMP. And, there is motivation. By most accounts, 80 percent of Federal IT dollars are currently spent on life support for legacy systems – an equation that needs to change. This month GAO and OMB provided additional motivation.

Federal Cloud Procurement: What You Need To Ask

We all agree cloud consumption is inherently more efficient – helping agencies shift from CapEx to OpEx – and more flexible – enabling “anything as a service,” where agencies pay for what they use vs. what they project. The plan is to use cloud to speed the Federal modernization path – a key goal considering just 32 percent of Federal IT managers anticipate their legacy applications will be able to meet mission needs in five years.

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