Modernized information technology is a fundamental prerequisite to taking advantage of new and emerging capabilities to improve mission delivery in the digital age. Yet, legacy systems continue to create challenges and roadblocks for commercial and government organizations, including our U.S. federal agency clients. More...

Software as a Service (SaaS) has emerged as a popular delivery model to increase the efficiency of business-driven IT services. Ease of implementation and lower IT costs via “pay as you go” models have proven attractive for enterprises desiring the benefits of modern applications without having to invest in and delivery these services internally. More...

When information and applications are designated as mission critical, this should immediately signal to the organization that these systems require the highest levels of protection and equally high investment to guard against malicious attacks. When moving these applications to the cloud, system owners need to know how cloud service providers (CSPs) will deliver secure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), or Software as a Service (SaaS) capable of maintaining a low-risk security posture. More...

Hybrid IT service delivery models that combine public-cloud architectures with private-cloud architectures are on the rise within companies across industries. Such environments require a holistic management approach that ensures effective governance, regulatory compliance and security, as well as high IT performance and reduced costs. More...

In the past year or so, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has made a number of changes to make it easier for DoD agencies to buy cloud services, including accepting some additional risk for less mission-critical data. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the DoD Chief Information Officer also have published a cloud security requirements guide (SRG) to provide more standardized definitions across the Department to facilitate cloud adoption. More...

John Nemoto

To cloud or not to cloud

As the cloud market has matured, informed buyers recognize that not every application or service belongs in the cloud, and that no single cloud will meet all of an organization’s needs. The key is to zero in on the “what” (what services and applications are required and what are the measures of delivery success), without getting hung up on the “how” (such as how the underlying infrastructure or technology is delivered). More...

As the amount of data continues to proliferate at mind boggling rates, managing and accessing it is becoming more and more of a challenge. New data sources are constantly emerging, thanks to new technologies. With the Internet of Things, for example, a simple sensor can turn almost any object into a source of rich data—data that can be mined and analyzed to better predict and address a wide range of business scenarios. More...

In today’s immature cloud brokerage marketplace, there is a big misconception that cloud brokerage is primarily about finding the least expensive virtual machine when it really should be about figuring out the best-fit environment for your workload. In determining the right environment, cost is one factor to consider among many. Other factors include the following: More...

On May 29, the TechAmerica Foundation released a new report, Cloud Buyer’s Guide for the Federal Government, to support the transition of federal departments and agencies to cloud-based service models. The report was introduced before the U.S. House of Representatives on that day, with opening remarks from Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), who co-chairs the House Cloud Computing Caucus. More...

The growing demand for cloud solutions has expanded past pure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings, with many customers focused on the application tier. Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions are becoming a common area of focus, and many assume that this space in the market can be filled by simply installing software applications in an IaaS cloud. However, there are more challenges to address in delivering a true SaaS solution. More...

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