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GameChanger CLOUD TECHNOLOGY DRIVES GOVERNMENT INNOVATION SPONSORED REPORT CLOUD COMPUTING CLOUD COMPARISON CHART TYPE OF CLOUD PRIVATE HYBRID PUBLIC Cost Highest Medium Lowest Security Very high Very high High if certified Scalability Depends on implementation Very high Very high Performance Very high Very high due to ability to cloudburst Medium Reliability Very high High Medium to high Fast deployment Medium Depends on mix of technologies Very fast BY THE NUMBERS 8% Percentage of federal CIOs satisfied with their level of cloud adoption 18% Percentage of federal agencies just getting started with the cloud 30% Percentage of agency respondents with the right in-house expertise to effectively buy a cloud service 33% Over the next 12 months, roughly one-third of agencies plan to implement hybrid clouds 35 The number of approved secure Cloud Service Provider offerings 67 The percentage of federal cloud users who believe data is safer in the cloud than in legacy systems $7.34 billion The amount of money the federal government will spend on provisioned services such as cloud in the FY 2016 budget request $18.9 billion The number of dollars the federal government could save by migrating services and applications to the cloud Despite a slow start, cloud adoption throughout the federal government is on the rise. It’s expected to increase even more over the next few years. There are several reasons why, according to a report by Forbes Insights. Agencies that have moved some workloads to the cloud are experiencing significant cost savings and improved data security. Here are some ways to ensure your agency is ready to gain those advantages with cloud computing: 1. Assess your needs and define expected benefits: Before diving into a cloud deployment, set clear goals and ensure you know what you want to achieve. If cost savings is your top priority, for example, that might dictate a different environment than one where increased collaboration or faster response to business needs is the primary driver. 2. Prepare: Moving to the cloud isn’t just a matter of moving an on-premises workload to a cloud environment. Getting the most value out of a cloud deployment requires starting with clean and organized data. It also requires determining how your applications and data will connect. Determine what type of interfaces they will require. An experienced provider can help with these steps. 3. Tackle security challenges head-on: While cloud security has improved considerably, it’s important to ask the major security questions upfront. In addition to confirming FedRAMP certification, find out whether all candidates have the type and level of security features you require. Rule out any solutions that don’t meet all your security requirements. 4. Identify the right provider and mix of cloud types: Evaluate service providers on federal compliance, performance, user support and security. Pinpointing the right type of cloud for specific workloads can be tricky. In most cases, it is extremely helpful to engage a cloud expert with specific experience with federal cloud deployments to help determine what makes sense. 5. Prepare the organization: Moving to the cloud brings many benefits, but it changes the workflows, processes, and the roles of IT staff. Start explaining what will change well before you begin the cloud implementation. Explain why the agency is adopting the cloud model; how it will work; and how processes, workflows and IT policies will change. Explain how the roles of IT staff will change from less hands-on to more strategic, and ensure them that they will be retrained to handle these changes. Five Steps to Cloud Readiness 1215_GameChanger_CDW_EMC_FCW_final.indd 2 11/10/15 11:06 AM