Government IT Departments Must Go Private, Not Public, Cloud

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Government IT Departments Must Go Private, Not Public, Cloud

I feel for the federal agency IT departments. They are faced with a mandate to go cloud-first, but moving IT to a public cloud (SaaS) is mostly a business decision, not an IT decision. Let’s be honest, a public cloud offering is not really a technical change from what large agencies’ IT department can do themselves. So it’s really about shifting risk to an external entity and converting IT costs to operating budget (OPEX) instead of capital budget (CAPEX).

Business Analytics Solutions Will Spread

8/21

Business Analytics Solutions Will Spread

Conventional thought is that clustered non-SQL databases are going to change business analytics and make the data that large organizations collect more useful. As usual, a few tools have risen to the top of the competitive heap, each with its own specialty.

Status of the government VDI movement

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Status of the government VDI movement

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and mobility are getting a lot of attention in the government lately. IT departments are digesting information, considering ways to save money and identifying opportunities to cut security problems related to mobility. VDI rises to the top often. 

Cloud mandate in hindsight: Sound policy or politics as usual?

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Cloud mandate in hindsight: Sound policy or politics as usual?

To summarize a previous blog post, it’s clear public cloud computing is going to be absolutely revolutionary for small businesses and individuals, cutting costs and adding functionality for them rivaling the most developed and mature IT departments. That market segment is huge and will be profitable for cloud computing providers when you consider that some 95 to 97 percent of companies fall in this category. However, the allure of savings for large organizations that can already use economies of scale to deploy modern virtualized data centers (e.g., private clouds) is questionable at best.

Clients: Thick, thin and zero?

6/19

Clients: Thick, thin and zero?

In the world of virtualization, it seems every new concept in IT lately is an old concept reborn. The very idea of server virtualization that created this revolution in open systems IT has been used in mainframes for decades. Recently, the federal government has begun adopting a thin client approach to data processing, switching computing power from desktops to massive data centers. This trend brings back to mind mainframes and minicomputers of the 1970s and ’80s, in which most computing took place at centralized servers and workers’ machines were merely terminals processing basic input and output commands. What was old is new again.

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