Cloud Economics

Cost savings are central to the business case for cloud computing but can never be assumed in government. This section on cloud economics intends to explore the potential for cost savings along with the many considerations that complicate the equation for governmental organizations looking to transition their IT services to the cloud.

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...

Air Force CIO outlines IT efficiency priorities

Mark Pomerleau, GCN,  Thursday, December 10, 2015

Migrating to the cloud makes sense for many agencies, and the Air Force certainly sees the value. Use of the cloud can get us, for “pennies on the dollar,” what the Air Force is paying today in terms of racks and servers, Bender said at a Dec. 2 event hosted by AFCEA. Other DOD leaders also have lauded leveraging the commercial cloud. Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, said recently that the commercial cloud could free up network space and limit the surface that needs defending.

5 Reasons the Cloud and Mobile Are Inevitable

Kyle Cebull, Smart Data Collective,  Friday, April 17, 2015

A lot of people think that, like the internet, the cloud is just a fad. Sorry to burst your bubble, but this so-called fad is gaining some serious momentum. According to a recent article, throughout the next five years, a 44% annual growth in workloads for the public cloud is expected. With Millennials demanding that small businesses revolutionize their processes and workflows, more and more companies are jumping into the cloud to help streamline workflows and bring mobility to their workforce. But it’s not for nothing, because the same article reports that 80% of cloud adopters saw improvements within 6 months of moving to the cloud. If you’re questioning the way things are moving or just aren’t on board with the cloud, here are a few reasons that we’re saying that the cloud and mobile are inevitable.

Why hybrid cloud can get agencies over the hump

Bill Rowan, GCN,  Friday, April 17, 2015

For all the talk of a transition to public cloud in federal IT circles, there is a disconnect between promise and reality. While there have been significant cloud programs to date, a widespread transition to the cloud has yet to be made, despite four years having passed since the Cloud First initiative. But this reality may be changing very soon.

Going Cloud: How to Squeeze More Out of Your White Space

Colleen Miller, Data Center Knowledge,  Thursday, February 5, 2015

Data center operators often wonder how to make more revenue within their existing facility. Partnering with a cloud services provider may boost their capacity and performance, without a lot of overhead.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality

Tom Wheeler, Wired,  Wednesday, February 4, 2015

After more than a decade of debate and a record-setting proceeding that attracted nearly 4 million public comments, the time to settle the Net Neutrality question has arrived. This week, I will circulate to the members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new rules to preserve the internet as an open platform for innovation and free expression. This proposal is rooted in long-standing regulatory principles, marketplace experience, and public input received over the last several months.

Why Microsoft's 'buy only what you use' pricing strategy is a big deal

Heather Clancy, fortune,  Wednesday, February 4, 2015

From my standpoint, Microsoft’s flexibility when it comes to how businesses or individuals want to pay for software could be very important. Over the past year, it has completely overhauled its volume licensing policies. I won’t bore you with all the details, but the biggest change is this: instead of charging companies for software on a per-device basis, it will price subscriptions and licenses based on who actually uses them. It will also emulate Apple’s strategy of free operating system updates with the Windows 10 release.

Future Forecast: Government technology in 2020

Robert Barkin, American City and County ,  Wednesday, January 28, 2015

At a time when technological change is measured in nanoseconds, experts in information systems are focused on longer-term trends that will position their communities to take advantage of the convenience and efficiency of technology. At the same time, they are working overtime to ensure the safety of their systems and protect vital information from hackers. Regardless of the benefits and potential dangers of technology, everyone agrees that technology in 2020 will only be more important.

Microsoft Continues to See Impact of Transition to Cloud

Darryl Taft, eWeek,  Monday, January 26, 2015

"This quarter's results show the product and business transformation underway at Microsoft," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during the company's earnings call on Jan. 26. "We saw success in a number of our strategic areas, including cloud adoption, redefining and revitalizing the Windows ecosystem, and improving economics in our hardware portfolio." Microsoft is in the midst of a transformation to become the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world, Nadella said. In essence, the company is moving from selling packaged software to selling services via subscription.

Top five cloud trends for 2015: a new era of B2B innovation

Allan Leinwand, Tech Radar,  Thursday, January 15, 2015

While the public cloud wars continue to rage among Google, Amazon and Microsoft, over the course of this year, we're likely to see a quiet storm gathering around cloud platforms. Cloud platforms are typically less well understood architecture but serve as a growing greenfield for enterprise innovation, application creation and business agility. Why is the platform coming into its own? Look at these milestones concerning domain maturity and growth...