Best Practices

Properly planned and well-executed, cloud migration can result in significant savings, increased efficiency and performance, and even enhanced privacy and security. This section of the site includes case studies of cloud deployments with the goal of articulating best practices and potential pitfalls by focusing on the risk management, strategic planning, and resource management issues that define a successful cloud transition.

For Cloud Computing Guidance, Look To Washington (Seriously)

Joe McKendrick, Forbes,  Monday, January 26, 2015

The U.S. federal government took a leadership role early with cloud. In fact, since 2010, federal agencies have been under a mandate to adopt a “cloud-first” approach to setting up new applications. So, there’s a lot that can be learned from the experiences of these agencies. For starters, there’s been an innate fear of lock-in to cloud vendors. In fact, 75 percent of federal cloud users in a new survey say they want to move more services to the cloud, but are concerned about retaining control over their data. Additionally, 53 percent say fear of long-term contracts hold them back.

OTA Releases Guidelines On Privacy Assessment, Best Practices

Laurie Sullivan, Media Post,  Friday, January 23, 2015

Dependency on cloud computing, outsourcing requirements and interconnected devices will eventually force the advertising industry to follow comprehensive security controls and practices to reduce the risk of data breaches. More than 90% of the 500 data breaches that occurred from January to June 2014 could have easily been prevented, per a report released Wednesday from The Online Trust Alliance (OTA).

Getting IT Right? How State Governments are Approaching Cloud Computing

Kevin Desouza and Gregory Dawson, Brookings,  Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cloud computing is far more than just a simple technology change and requires a close examination of governance, sourcing, and security. We sought to understand how well state government is prepared to address the challenges of cloud computing.

Top five cloud trends for 2015: a new era of B2B innovation

Allan Leinwand, Tech Radar,  Thursday, January 15, 2015

While the public cloud wars continue to rage among Google, Amazon and Microsoft, over the course of this year, we're likely to see a quiet storm gathering around cloud platforms. Cloud platforms are typically less well understood architecture but serve as a growing greenfield for enterprise innovation, application creation and business agility. Why is the platform coming into its own? Look at these milestones concerning domain maturity and growth...

Digitally Speaking: The bank is where the customer is,  Friday, January 09, 2015

Given the distributed nature of public and hybrid clouds, financial services do have genuine concerns: where is the data hosted, to/through which countries is it transmitted, and how is its privacy going to be enforced in each place? Setting up local data centers will go far enough in addressing this data sovereignty issue. This year, Microsoft plans to offer commercial cloud services from local datacenters in India.

Google’s Cloud Loses Following Among CIOs, Survey Finds

Alistair Barr, Wall Street Journal,  Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Google made a big push in 2014 to catch in the booming business of cloud computing, or renting computing power to other companies.But a new Piper Jaffray survey of 112 chief information officers suggests Google has yet to win a lot of converts. The brokerage firm asked CIOs to name their preferred public cloud provider. The results: Amazon Web Services led the pack, at 35%, up from 33% in a similar poll a year earlier. Microsoft MSFT +0.04%’s Azure service was second, at 21%, versus 20% a year earlier. Rackspace was third with 16%, up from 15% a year earlier. And Google? Its popularity fell, to 7%, from 12%.

In 2015, agency IT security and operations converge

William Jackson, GCN,  Monday, January 05, 2015

Two powerful trends will shape the government cybersecurity agenda in the coming year, say security experts, but they have more to do with how government security is managed than what technologies will better defend agency systems. First, cybersecurity will increasingly be integrated from the start into the platforms and software being acquired and developed by agencies. This means that perimeter defenses – already abandoned to the realm of what is necessary but inadequate – will receive less attention as cybersecurity becomes more integrated into the government infrastructure.

4 obstacles to federal cloud adoption

Kirk Kern, Federal Times,  Monday, January 05, 2015

There are several reasons that agencies are turning to cloud deployments, including improved agility, reduced IT complexity and IT spend, and greater collaboration. Yet it is increasingly clear that obstacles are capping broader adoption of cloud services. federal budget officials predict federal cloud spending for FY2015 will come in at $2.9 billion, indicating that cloud migrations will continue to move forward, but that agencies are gently pumping the brakes as opposed to gunning the engine.

Five Reasons Hybrid Cloud Technologies Will Continue to Grow

Bill Kleyman, Data Center Knowledge,  Friday, January 02, 2015

It’s 2015, and it’s safe to say that many of us have our heads in the cloud. We’re using more mobile devices, requesting even more data from a variety of data center points, and are demanding even more from the infrastructure that is designed to support the next-generation cloud platform. Data centers are becoming massive hubs for multi-tenant environments which are continuously being tasked for more resources and are experiencing even more utilization.

From cloud to security, experts predict active 2015 for feds

Greg Otto, Fedscoop,  Tuesday, December 30, 2014

With the past few years spent laying so much groundwork to modernize federal IT, many experts expect 2015 is the year where the government will begin to reap what it has sown. Roger Baker, chief strategy officer for AgileX and former CIO for the Veterans Affairs and Commerce departments, told FedScoop he expects to see a more agile mentality across federal agencies. “I think you will see a continued focus on doing things from an agile perspective. Not just software development, it’s agile management, agile operations, all the way to whole concept of DevOps emerging in a number of agencies,” Baker said.