Best Practices

Properly planned and well-executed, cloud migration can result in significant savings, increased efficiency and performance, and even enhanced privacy and security. This section of the site includes case studies of cloud deployments with the goal of articulating best practices and potential pitfalls by focusing on the risk management, strategic planning, and resource management issues that define a successful cloud transition.

Government Can Influence Cloud Interoperability

Dana Gardner, SYS-CON Media,  Friday, October 21, 2016

As government agencies move to the public cloud computing model, the use of more than one public cloud provider can offer economic benefits by a competition and choice. But are the public clouds standardized efficiently for true interoperability, and can the large government contracts in the offing for cloud providers have an impact on the level of maturity around standardization?

US intelligence targets advanced security management of virtual systems

Michael Cooney, Network World,  Thursday, October 20, 2016

The advanced research arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence rolled out the Virtuous User Environment (VirtUE) program which the agency says “is looking to use the federal government’s impending migration to commercial cloud-based IT infrastructures and the current explosion of new virtualization and operating system concepts to create and demonstrate a more secure interactive user computing environment than the government has had in the past or likely to have in the near future.”

On the road to a Federal Integrated Business Framework

Amanda Ziadeh, GCN,  Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The General Services Administration’s new shared services framework could expand the use of cloud services across the federal government, according to the Unified Shared Service Management Office's Robert Wuhrman.

Cloudy With A Chance of Profits: Four Myths About Cloud Tech

Samuel Taube, Investment U ,  Friday, August 12, 2016

Cloud computing is quickly becoming the backbone of our entire tech industry. We’ve written before about its importance to investors. But do you really get it? Like most emerging technologies, the cloud is the subject of many myths and misconceptions. If you’re going to invest in “the cloud” - and all signs are pointing to it being a strong long-term play - you should have some understanding of how it works. Believe it or not, it’s actually a fairly simple concept. Let’s break down four common myths...

What Today's Delta Outage Teaches Us About The Public Cloud

Kalev Leetaru, Forbes,  Monday, August 8, 2016

Yet, one of the biggest reasons for turning to the commercial cloud is the massive resiliency it offers. In addition to incredibly sophisticated backup facilities, all of the major cloud vendors offer multiple data centers geographically distributed across the globe. Even when one data center’s supplying power grid is unlucky enough to be hit by four separate lightning strikes in close succession, applications can simply transparently migrate to any other data center with minimal downtime. Even companies operating their own corporate data center can maintain hot failover mirrors in the cloud allowing them to instantly transfer operations upon a local failure.

Transcending Regulatory Compliance: Creating Business Value from Data Governance

Marty Loughlin, Datanami,  Monday, June 27, 2016

Implementing the uniform policies and practices of governance with semantic technologies ingrains them within business functions and supporting IT systems at such a granular level that well governed, trustworthy data becomes an implicit by-product of simply using data.

Are Corporate Data Centers Obsolete In The Cloud Era?

Kalev Leetaru, Forbes,  Monday, June 13, 2016

Yet, perhaps what makes the offerings of this new generation of the commercial cloud so different from the past is that historically, hosted computing environments tended to exclusively specialize in offering computers for rent. The companies renting the computers simply bought machines and doled them out to customers. In contrast, the Googles, Amazons and Microsofts of the world today are leveraging the very infrastructures that run their own global operations.

Can federal IT lead the way in secure cloud?

Michael Beckley, FCW,  Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Because of the size and scope of the federal IT market, FedRAMP has the real potential to elevate the security posture of U.S. cloud service providers. This will be of at least indirect benefit to everyone, but a greater potential exists for building a more robust commercial IT infrastructure on the shoulders of FedRAMP standards.

Beyond band-aids: It’s time to get real with your data

Chris Gondek, PC World,  Tuesday, June 7, 2016

So if data is generating at a rate that’s too fast to analyse and manage – how can businesses successfully keep on top of their data? Today, many companies are still using the ‘band-aid’ approach. Hastily implementing various solutions that focus on a specific issue – backup, disaster recovery or archiving – but does little or nothing to solve the underlying problem. Instead, what businesses need to do is take a step-back and look at the bigger picture and develop a holistic approach to efficiently manage their data.

Microsoft publishes guide for secure and efficient integration of cloud services into government operations

Paul Nicholas, Microsoft Cyber Trust Blog,  Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Governments are working to determine what role they should play, how to best capitalize on cloud’s potential, and how to ensure that security and resilience requirements are met. Microsoft is committed to supporting governments on this journey and has developed Transforming Government: A cloud assurance program guide. Establishing a cloud assurance program is an investment – but one that pays significant dividends.