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.

This is Why Microsoft Corporation Will Win the Cloud Wars

Tim Brugger, The Motley Fool,  Monday, November 10, 2014

Even as Google and continue to wage war on each other, scratching and clawing their way to expanding their respective cloud hosting client bases, Microsoft is going about its cloud computing efforts in a slightly different fashion. The back-and-forth between the two cloud behemoths -- including Google's recent cloud services upgrades and yet another price cut, which was then matched by Amazon's unlimited photo storage offer -- is great news for Microsoft fans. Why? Because Microsoft's figured out the real opportunity to generate cloud revenues isn't hosting, that's already a commoditized business. Delivering its suite of software products via the cloud, and continuing to add solutions and delivery channels via strategic partnerships is where Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is focusing his efforts, just as he should.

IDC: Cloud Services Entering Innovation Stage

CloudWedge,  Tuesday, November 04, 2014

IDC is a leader in information technology research. IDC’s latest forecast has public cloud computing growing at 600% rate when compared to the rest of the IT market. The public cloud is changing the way businesses operate and cloud is rapidly maturing as IDC notes that cloud is entering an innovation stage that will shape the future of the market.

Cloud & Mobile Tech Improve Emergency Systems

Todd Piett, InformationWeek,  Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Government agencies approach emergencies in four phases: mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery. This is also a useful framework for looking at some of the technical innovations in the industry. Here are some examples of how mobile and cloud technology trends are impacting each of these areas:

Software: TIA report touts strong cloud investments through 2017

Dan Meyer, RCR Wireless News,  Friday, October 24, 2014

The Telecommunications Industry Association released a report claiming that cloud computing is set to be one of the fastest-growing segments in the telecommunications space through at least 2017, with a forecast 50% increase in spending on cloud services and data center construction over the next four years. The findings, which are part of TIA’s “2014 ICT Market Review & Forecast,” predict that business and consumer spending on cloud computing will surge from nearly $67.8 billion this year to $107 billion in 2017, with spending on constructing new data centers increasing 26% to $29.7 billion in 2017.

New report: Commerce Department can improve data access, quality, distribution

Dibya Sarkar, FierceGovernmentIT,  Monday, October 20, 2014

A new report says the Commerce Department, which provides government data to more companies than any other federal agency, can make improvements in several areas involving data access, quality and dissemination. It outlined seven areas – data discovery and findability, access, quality, collection and sharing, interoperability storage and dissemination, and users as customers – that should be improved.

Agencies should pursue cloud for performance, not cost benefits, says report

Molly Bernhart Walker, FierceGovernmentIT,  Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cloud computing technology is ready for the enterprise, but most agencies are not prepared at a policy level to most efficiently implement it, according to a whitepaper (pdf) published Oct. 10 by the MITRE Corporation and the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center. As a result, agencies adopting the cloud may not realize cost savings but they can realize performance improvements, such as enhanced capabilities and features, say report authors. "An organizational, business, and cultural change needs to occur to enable cloud computing to be readily adopted," says the whitepaper, which summarizes presentations and discussions that took place at the July 2014 Federal Cloud Computing Summit. The report synthesizes governmentwide challenges and best practices around cloud computing.

The Value of the Broker Model

Scott Andersen by Scott Andersen, CGI
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I find it interesting and have the argument frequently about the value of cloud brokers. I tend to be arguing with cloud service providers and argue that there is significant customer value in the cloud broker model. Cloud service providers don’t always see that value and they should.. From their perspective its business as usual and the broker of course changes that. Lately however I am seeing more and more people moving to my side and tipping the argument further. So I have come up with my top ten reasons brokers will be of value in the next two years.

The Seasons of Cloud

Scott Andersen by Scott Andersen, CGI
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, CGI
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.