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FCW : May 30, 2015
Cloud spending is big business for agencies. IDC recently reported that federal spending on cloud technology will top $9 billion by 2017. But if agencies don’t plan carefully and use the right technologies, providers, and integration strategies they may be throwing away money and causing more work than beneft, especially when it comes to the hybrid cloud. There are strategies that agencies and organizations can use to fnd better success with their cloud implementations. Here are fve questions that every agency IT person should ask during a journey to the hybrid cloud: 1. WILL MY HYBRID CLOUD IMPLEMENTATION SCALE AS OUR AGENCY'S NEEDS GROW? Scalability is one of the main benefts that cloud providers tout, promising that agencies can burst up and down as needs wax and wane. However, just because a provider says they can scale with your agency’s needs, doesn’t mean they actually will, explains Jeff Kaplan, managing director of THINKstrategies Inc., a frm that specializes in cloud services. “The best way for someone to evaluate [scalability] is for them to ask a potential provider if they are already supporting organization of a comparable size,” he says. “It’s easy to say, ‘Yes, we will scale,’ but they should be able to prove it.” Kaplan suggests that organizations take their current implementation, project how quickly they will grow, and ask the provider for references and proof that they are already working with another organization of that same size growing at the same rate. 2. HOW RELIABLE IS OUR HYBRID CLOUD? An agency’s reliability of its on-premise resources are a given, says Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. What’s more important is whether or not the cloud provider has a good track record as well as procedures and processes in place to not only keep resources up but notify you in the event of service issues. How will they inform you of status and issues? “Then it’s all about availability and protection (backup and DR),” he says. 3. IS OUR HYBRID CLOUD AS SECURE AS IT CAN BE? Indeed, data security has always been the biggest concern for IT. However, with hybrid cloud agencies must worry about data not only while it is at rest but also while it is in fight. To understand how safe your data will be, Duplessie says you’ll need to make sure the organization is using strong encryption technology such as FIPS 140-2 certifed encryption so that data is never exposed to risk. 4. HOW EASY IS IT TO MOVE BETWEEN CLOUDS? Since agency technology needs evolve over time the cloud provider you use today may not be the same one you will use tomorrow. Every agency must make sure that they can simply and quickly take all of their data from one provider to another— and without added cost, say experts. “What happens if you end up hating your provider?” Duplessie asks. Every cloud provider should offer portability, and give your agency a step-by-step process to make that happen. 5. HOW MUCH VISIBILITY AND CONTROL WILL WE HAVE? The cloud at its core should make things simpler but it’s been laid on top of old world technology, says Kaplan, so agencies need management control over not only on-premise but also cloud resources. A good provider will have plenty of tools to this end. Kaplan suggests asking providers what kind of management control and administrative power you will have over your hybrid cloud environment. 5 Things You Need to Ask When Planning for the Hybrid Cloud GameChanger GAME CHANGING TECHNOLOGY TO MEET AGENCY MISSIONS SPONSORED REPORT HYBRID CLOUD THE CLOUD AT ITS CORE SHOULD MAKE THINGS SIMPLER BUT IT'S BEEN LAID ON TOP OF OLD WORLD TECHNOLOGY.
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