Cloud Acquisition Strategy, Customized to the Right Cloud Model - GovCloud Network

blog

0
208
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cloud Acquisition Strategy, Customized to the Right Cloud Model

by
Melvin Greer
Managing Director, Greer Institute 

Cloud Acquisition Strategy, Customized to the Right Cloud ModelThis year has brought big news, significant changes and increased awareness of the adoption of cloud computing in Government. In fact Cloud computing may be the biggest and most overhyped term in Government information technology today.   It is also the most discussed topic in agency strategy, cyber security forums and mission / program reviews.  While lots of conversation has been devoted to technology and the benefits that government customers can derive from Cloud, in the end the biggest challenge may be the acquisition of cloud services. Cloud computing presents a different set of acquisition challenges to the federal government and this shift requires a rethinking the agency acquisition process. Smart purchasing decisions require an understanding of security requirements, service models and service level agreements.
Clearly adherence to the Federal Risk Authorization and Risk Management  (FedRAMP) cloud security requirements are central to acquisition of cloud services. This includes issues like data location and jurisdiction, privacy, and eDiscovery, as they are very important in a service-based environment.
An enhanced view of cloud acquisition involves the mapping of the right acquisition strategy with the right cloud deployment model. The dominant cloud deployment model in Government is the hybrid cloud model. Given that agencies will not likely limit themselves to one cloud deployment but will rather incorporate different and overlapping cloud services the acquisition strategy for the hybrid model will need to provide the flexibility necessary to map to the varying deployment models.
By focusing on a customized acquisition strategy in contracting for cloud services, agencies can reduce the risk of vendor lock-in, improve portability, and encourage competition.  With these goals in mind, agencies will want to establish explicit Service Level Agreement (SLA) information for security, continuity of operations, and service quality and the impact on the cloud service provider of not meeting SLA metrics.
By developing a cloud acquisition strategy that comprehends security requirements, service models and service level agreement metrics, agencies can acquire the benefits of cloud adoption required to meet their mission needs.  Learn more about the acquisition of Cloud in the ViON eBook, “The Business of Cloud”
https://www.vion.com/
 

JOIN VION
BUSINESS OF CLOUD
on
https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Business-Cloud-8248605

( This content is being syndicated through multiple channels. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of GovCloud Network, GovCloud Network Partners or any other corporation or organization.)

Bookmark and Share

Cloud Musings
↑ Grab this Headline Animator

( Thank you. If you enjoyed this article, get free updates by email or RSS – © Copyright Kevin L. Jackson 2015)

Follow me at https://Twitter.com/Kevin_Jackson

LEAVE A COMMENT

Name*
E-mail*
Phone number*
Your Message

Latest posts

0
88

Increase Productivity by Reducing Technology Distraction: Lessons from Forrester Research

Workplace productivity is hurt every day by the very technology developed and purchased to improve it.  Forrester ann...

0
3323

Cloud Computing Evolves: An Interview with Mats Johansson

Recently, Ericsson Digital released an amazing report on Edge Computing and 5G. In it, they explained how distributed...

0
2430

Unveiling the end-to-end capabilities for the networked society

An Interview with Henrik Basilier  By Kevin L. Jackson The telecom industry is rapidly moving towards a future i...

0
3270

AT&T Finance Solutions GM on Shrimping, Software, and CX

Helping clients address the trends and challenges presented by the Financial Services industry is the main focus for ...

0
7221

The IoT Nexus: Bosch Connected World 2019 in Berlin

Next week, I will be influencing #LikeABosch as I accept an invitation from the company to attend Bosch ConnectedWorl...

0
2691

Survive and Thrive With Digital Transformation

First cloud computing then multi-cloud. How can we get ahead of this digital transformation nightmare? These are the ...

0
979

The “George Jetson” of Today

He grew up in Silicon Valley, landed his first job at Apple Computers, was introduced to Nobel Prize winners by his d...

0
3853

MWC19: Where Telecommunications and Cloud Meet

As a cloud solution architect, my passion is learning the details about how cloud computing uniquely supports specifi...

0
877

Tulane University SoPA Selects “Architechting Cloud Computing Solutions”

Last week, Packt Publishing announced that “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” by Kevin L. Jackson a...

0
1431

5G Wireless Technology Connecting Healthcare

Healthcare is in the middle of massive change. Called digital transformation by many, this term describes the industr...