Mark Day Highlights GSA Initiatives to Promote Cloud Adoption
Cloud computing promises Federal agencies some attractive benefits, but several obstacles stand in the way of those anticipated advantages.
Agencies face both cultural and technical considerations. The cloud approach marks a sharp departure from the on-premise solutions agencies have deployed and maintained for years. Questions surrounding migration, legacy systems integration, and security also complicate matters.
The General Services Administration (GSA), however, aims to make the cloud transition easier for agencies to navigate. Mark Day, director of GSA's Office of Strategic Programs, said the agency offers contract vehicles and technical resources to help agencies embark on cloud solutions. The cloud may not be the answer to every government IT requirement, but it offers the potential to save money, deliver greater resources, and improve flexibility, according to Day.
"There is no such thing as a silver bullet – everything doesn't go to any one technology or one solution set," he said. "But I think that cloud is the direction we need to go."
Read the full profile of Mark Day here.
Q&A with Steve Wallo, Systems Engineering Manager, Brocade
With cloud transition top of mind for government officials, a practiced perspective can provide clarity for Federal needs and processes. MeriTalk sat down with cloud computing expert, Steve Wallo, Systems Engineering Manager at Brocade, to answer questions on cloud computing best practices.
Read the full Q&A with Brocade's Steve Wallo here.
June 19 CCX Meeting - Measuring the Federal Cloud
Our next Cloud Computing Exchange quarterly meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 19 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the City Club of Washington at Columbia Square.
Measuring performance is not a new concept, but is an area of increasing focus – especially for cash-strapped agencies looking for tangible gains. Cloud computing has long been touted as a money saver, but agency CFOs won’t take the media’s word for it. Any IT investment needs to demonstrate true value – whether it is saving an agency time and money, or meeting rigorous SLAs put in place at the beginning of a cloud project. So the question is not if agencies should measure the return on their Federal cloud investment, but how. Join cloud computing professionals on June 19 for an off-the-record discussion on measuring the Federal cloud.
This complimentary breakfast meeting is open to government attendees; RSVP to Kaila Brosey, email@example.com. Space is limited.