"Cloud Control: Moving to the Comfort Zone"
There's no question that Federal agencies are reaping cloud’s benefits – like improved agility, less IT complexity, and greater collaboration through shared services – but, concerns around data stewardship can slow or halt migrations. So how are Federal agencies dealing with the cloud control challenge? MeriTalk’s recent report, “Cloud Control: Moving to the Comfort Zone,” examines cloud deployment growth projections, why IT professionals are apprehensive about migrating to the cloud, data stewardship barriers, and progress toward enterprise-wide governance.
"Cloud First Consumer Guide"
Three years ago OMB directed Federal agencies to move data and applications off their own servers and into the cloud. Cloud First promises to help agencies maximize capacity utilization, improve IT flexibility, and minimize cost. So, how are agencies doing? Are they experiencing the benefits promised? What would they do differently, and more importantly, was it worth it? MeriTalk's recent report, "Cloud First Consumer Guide," provides a path forward for Federal cloud computing and the first-ever rankings for cloud programs and approaches.
"PaaS or Play? Cloud's Next Move"
Federal IT is fundamentally broken. GAO tells us Uncle Sam spends 70 percent, or $56 billion, of the IT budget on legacy systems. How do we euthanize yesterday's IT and consolidate for tomorrow when there’s no money for new development? Agencies turn toward Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Hosting new application development in the cloud gives agencies the opportunity to develop, experiment, innovate, and test for less time and money. MeriTalk's recent study, "PaaS or Play? Cloud's Next Move," examines PaaS' current state of play within the Federal government.
"The Net of Federal Networks"
Data center consolidation, mobility, security, big data, and cloud computing – the Big Five of Federal IT – all have one thing in common: they are going to choke Federal networks. Any single initiative would be a challenge; five may bring networks to their knees. This MeriTalk report takes a look at the combined impact of the Big Five on Federal networks and what steps government IT decision-makers are taking to prepare.
"Mission Critical Cloud: Ready for the Heavy Lift?"
Federal agencies are charged with "Cloud First," but are they moving mission-critical applications? This MeriTalk report reveals how Federal IT managers view the barriers, current status, and future plans related to moving mission-critical applications to the cloud. The study shares the perspectives of 151 Federal IT executives to investigate these questions and the path forward in this transformational shift.
"Cloudy with a Chance of Savings"
The MeriTalk study, which identifies where the Federal government stands on cloud today and what the future holds for cloud adoption, reveals that Federal agencies are saving approximately $5.5 billion with cloud implementations today. This number pales next to the $12 billion annual savings estimates from the Cloud Computing Exchange Calculator, based on budget data input by Feds from real IT programs.
"Federal Cloud Weather Report"
The Federal move to the cloud is on. As of December 9, 2010, OMB requires all agencies to adopt a "Cloud First" policy. Feds must choose a cloud-based solution first if one exists before initiating any new IT program – and must immediately begin transitioning existing applications to the cloud. Further, in February 2011, OMB provided additional direction to accelerate the safe and secure adoption of cloud computing. This MeriTalk study looks at how agencies have adopted this policy.