The service level agreement is an essential element of a cloud computing strategy. Agencies moving services to the cloud need the ability to track the performance of those services. Unfortunately, a lack of industry-wide standards around metrics makes it difficult for agencies to create SLAs that are meaningful and enforceable.
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The cloud is rapidly emerging as an essential component in the federal government’s vision of a mobile workforce. Through the cloud, agencies can make data, applications and services readily available to their employees, regardless of their location. In this webcast, the audience will learn how to develop a strategy that takes full advantage of the cloud while also addressing concerns about security and performance.
Cloud systems can help government agencies improve efficiency, increase security, reduce costs and provide the opportunity to quickly adopt cutting edge technologies that require a flexible yet resilient network. However, there are many barriers to adoption including security requirements, obtaining guidance on deployment, certifying and accrediting vendors, ensuring data portability and interoperability, overcoming cultural barriers, and procuring services on a consumption or on-demand basis.
Traditional disaster recovery methods call for re-creating the full IT environment at a separate off-site facility to keep agencies safe from unplanned outages. This can be a costly expense, particularly in times of tight IT budgets. As many experts see it, the cloud is ready-made for continuity of operation planning, providing a flexible approach to setting up and expanding an IT environment on demand.
Federal data consolidation efforts and cloud adoption in government, hinge upon establishing a standardized approach for determining the security of cloud-based services. Yet, federal policy and regulation continues to lag behind industry and technology innovations and adoptions of next-generation IT such as cloud computing.
Colocation is a solid choice for a growing number of companies. Being able to use a reliable provider's network, servers, and storage equipment can help reduce costs and complexity. However, scalability can sometimes be an issue. Today, many companies are embracing the ease and flexibility of the cloud, using it to augment their colocation infrastructure whenever capacity exceeds demand.
The Digital Strategy, released on May 23rd, 2012, urges federal organizations to harness the power of technology to create a 21st century government that is more efficient, better informed and connected to its citizens. To modernize government, agencies must first modernize their workforce. Forward leaning federal IT leaders are working to leverage existing and future IT investments to empower their workforce with the tools, technologies and policies they need to close the performance gap in government.