It maybe says something about the impact of much of the vendor messaging about the Cloud that the European Union felt moved to fund the creation of a formal organisation to promote what really should be blindingly obvious – that regardless of how many sub-divisions of Cloud the vendor community try to introduce for marketing purposes, Hybrid Clouds are the obvious route for business users to follow.
Cloud Computing is greener than traditional computing, yes?
That’s certainly one of the claims made for the Cloud by advocates of the delivery model across the public sector.
With Cloud first on the government ICT agenda, attention is turning to how to procure services and technologies based on the Cloud delivery model.
Jan Duffy of analyst firm IDC has three points of guidance that Cloud buyers should consider:
Information security and regulatory compliance can be enhanced by a move to enterprise-grade public Cloud services, argues Steve Hodgkinson of research house Ovum. A beneficial side effect is that the "false sense of security" created by desktops and the network perimeter, he adds.
The Metropolitan Police could end up moving as much as 60% of its ICT systems out to the Cloud as its current ICT contracts run towards their conclusion.
The G-Cloud strategy is in place and Cloud is the destination for government ICT. But which applications will move to the Cloud first? And which ones are least appropriate for the Cloud delivery model? Research giant IDC's Government Insight arm has some predictions to make:
Some cracking advice from Adrian Scaife, NOMS, Ministry of Justice, over at the G-Cloud site, starting from the basic premise that Cloud enables you to take “baby steps”.
Here are some of Scaife’s top tips.