Cloud Economics

Cost savings are central to the business case for cloud computing but can never be assumed in government. This section on cloud economics intends to explore the potential for cost savings along with the many considerations that complicate the equation for governmental organizations looking to transition their IT services to the cloud.

The Seasons of Cloud

Scott Andersen by Scott Andersen, Unisys
Thursday, August 07, 2014

Many organizations have interesting peaks and valleys in their compute needs. Some have periods of significant intensity followed later by great periods of lots of spinning disk but no real business need for all the capacity. That is often called Seasonality. It’s an interesting problem to consider from a customer viewpoint.

The Big Data Report and The Cloud

Paul Rosenzweig by Paul Rosenzweig, The Chertoff Group
Friday, May 02, 2014

On May 1st the Administration released its long-awaited, review of Big Data -- a report from the Executive Office of the President on the phenomenon of large-scale data collection and analysis. The report is likely to set the framework for the policy debate over Big Data for the next 5 years – and that will have significant implications for many cloud applications. Those who collect and aggregate data are going to have to be more proactive and responsible; and that’s a likely sea change. In many ways the report is an excellent summary of the phenomenon of Big Data as it is used today. It collects, in one place, a remarkably concise compendium of information, including contemporary use models for big data; existing government initiatives; and taxonomy of policy questions that arise from new data analytics.

A View of Cloud Brokers Future...

Scott Andersen by Scott Andersen, Unisys
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The concept of cloud broker and cost remains an interesting question. It’s one that I have looked at from a number of angles over the past year and I’ve come to some interesting conclusions as a result.

In Public Cloud Computing Fight, the Gloves Come Off

Bernard Golden, CIO,  Thursday, April 10, 2014

The past two weeks brought big news in the public cloud computing market. In the course of four days, three technology giants made bold statements about their intent to be one of the most important public cloud providers - and, indeed, position themselves to be the No. 1 cloud company on the planet.

Cloud energy savings: looking at both sides of the equation

Doug Miller by Doug Miller, SafeGov.org
Friday, June 22, 2012

There was an interesting piece in Information Week recently talking about a white paper Google had just published titled “Google Apps: Energy Efficiency in the Cloud.” While overall the paper raises some good points about how moving to a Google Apps cloud infrastructure can save money on energy costs, there are several areas worth thinking about beyond the statements in the paper.

Cloud Costs for Government Could Rise

Richard A. Falkenrath by Richard A. Falkenrath, Chertoff Group
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cloud computing for governments in the United States, especially services tailored for the federal government, may not be as efficient or as cheap as many would hope, says Richard Falkenrath, a principal with the security consultancy The Chertoff Group.

How to Break Down the OpEx vs. CapEx Cloud Computing Debate

Bernard Golden, CIO.com,  Friday, February 17, 2012

The debate about the economic benefits of cloud computing is intense, and is commonly boiled down to a talking point labelled OpEx vs. CapEx. Very often, like many talking points, the headline conflict is really a stalking horse that conceals the true source of conflict.

Cloud services sprawl poses problems for IT environments

Ed Scannell, SearchCloudComputing,  Wednesday, February 15, 2012

As IT shops accelerate their adoption of cloud services rolled out by Amazon and its major competitors, a growing number of shops say they are unable to effectively track the runaway costs of these services.This lack of visibility into the financial aspect of cloud services has led to some shops not just overpaying but overprovisioning cloud services, thereby sucking away valuable computing resources that could be dedicated to other pursuits. Over the short term, it’s a problem that figures to get worse before it gets better.

Think the cloud will cut your IT costs? Not so fast, say CIOs

Nick Heath, CIO Insights,  Thursday, February 02, 2012

Listen to the hype about cloud computing and you’d think it provides a quick fix for the CIO who needs to cut costs in a hurry. And while its on-demand model offers the promise of reduced spend and freeing the IT team from the drudgery of looking after physical infrastructure, CIOs remain wary about getting carried away chasing savings in the cloud.

Platform-as-a-service is next cloud wave, but what is it exactly?

Rutrell Yasin, Government Computer News,  Monday, January 23, 2012

Many federal managers don't understand the platform-as-a-service cloud delivery model and how it can help agencies cut development costs by more than 50 percent, according to a new white paper by NJVC and Virtual Global.