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FCW : January 2013
January 2013 FCW.COM 29 czyk, acting director of GSA s Center for Strategic Solutions and Security Services, said the agency s RFI had garnered 79 responses and 1,467 pages of material as of December 2012. "With that amount of data, it is important to understand that the responses covered the spectrum of possibilities from 'This is a good idea to 'Try something else, " Kaczmarczyk said. "However, a signi cant majority of responses have viewed some concept of a cloud brokerage as positive." Jamcracker, a company that provides brokerage solutions, has submitted responses to both the GSA and DISA RFIs, said Steve Crawford, the company s vice president of marketing and business development. He said those agencies interest in cloud brokers is a logical outcome of the cloud- rst policy. "It is almost kind of an exponential problem as you scale up the number of different cloud services you are using," Crawford said. "You are increasing the complexity of how you manage that." The cloud deployment challenge involves dealing with different billing relationships, consolidating demand across various pockets of an organization and optimizing license management, Crawford said. "I think what GSA and DISA have done is really kind of wake up the IT market in general in terms of how [to] adopt this cloud model from an IT delivery perspective," he added. Crawford said he expects to see many cloud broker pilot projects in 2013 and full-scale broker rollouts in 2014. The fundamentals In 2011, NIST de ned cloud broker functions as part of its Cloud Computing Reference Architecture and noted that a cloud broker "manages the use, performance and delivery of cloud services, and negotiates relationships between cloud providers and cloud consumers." In one scenario, the broker s role would focus on provi- sioning cloud services in a streamlined fashion by offering customers a single source through which to acquire cloud services from multiple providers. Brokers could also go beyond that level of service by pull- ing together offerings from a variety of cloud providers and crafting a custom solution. Bohn said cloud providers indi- vidually might fall short of providing a solution that meets a customer s unique needs, "but if you took service provider one and service provider two and service provider three and mixed and matched their services together, you could get a really nice mashup." Market researcher Gartner, meanwhile, describes a cloud broker s primary functions as aggregation, integration and customization. Aggregation is essentially the service provi- sioning role, while integration and customization move bro- kers higher up the value chain. Some agencies choose to be their own cloud brokers. The Energy Department s National Nuclear Security Admin- SPONSORED BY BROCADE SCAN THIS QR CODE with your smartphone for the full research report TO LEARN MORE, VISIT: FCW.COM/BIGDATARESEARCH TOPICS INCLUDE: Why you should care about Big Data More robust analytical tools needed The data deluge conundrum The Big Data talent hunt Overcoming the Big Data challenges Research Report