Cloud Computing-Power for Public Sector
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How can you turn cloud computing from a mere concept to one that is a reality in your IT organization, bringing real value to both internal stakeholders and external constituents? Quite simply: With the right approach and the right tools. Now’s the time to tap into the cloud to exploit the potential economies of scale and achieve cost savings.
Cloud computing enables your IT organization to focus on the best and most cost-effective way to deliver services. It allows your internal customers to focus on what matters most: their core business requirements, such as a new public information portal or an online forum to publicize requests for proposals. Rather than providing IT with details about how many servers with so much CPU and RAM are needed, your internal customers can leverage the cloud to request capacity to perform specific services. And IT can offer services from a dynamic resource pool. As resource needs fluctuate, you have the flexibility to choose the best solution with the available resources. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Why Leverage the Cloud?
For public sector organizations, there are benefits to pursuing a cloud initiative, through private, community, or public cloud services. Though the private cloud is the most obvious option for government organization, the community cloud model has become an especially powerful idea for the public sector. Multiple agencies with similar concerns and requirements can create an environment that serves overlapping agency needs. This is especially relevant in the current climate of lower budgets and information-sharing requirements at both the federal and state levels. The community cloud provides many benefits of public cloud services without the security concerns. This model stands or falls based on the power of dynamic resource allocation. As the size of the community grows, the economies of scale are more and more compelling. With the right networks in place, the community cloud provides a pool of loca
Public cloud services can be used to provide overflow capacity or a fully hosted environment (e.g., the U.S. General Services Administration’s USA.gov Web site) for those government services with less-stringent security requirements. For example, a government agency might anticipate much higher usage of a service during a short period of time (e.g., tax season, natural disasters), and with the proper integrations in place, Internet traffic could easily be load-balanced between the public and private cloud to quickly increase capacity, all without incurring any long-term costs.