In some ways, cloud has become a foregone conclusion in federal IT strategies.
As agencies look to modernize their IT enterprise, consolidate their data centers, and develop a new generation of IT services, the importance of the cloud is beyond argument.
“As a community, CIOs continue to see benefits associated with cloud migration, such as improved flexibility, faster application delivery, easier addition of services, improved customer service, and cost savings,” according to a survey of federal CIOs conducted by the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton.
This steady emphasis on the cloud—championed by both the U.S. Federal CIO Council and the Office of Management and Budget—is having a significant long-term effect, reports IDC Government. In fiscal 2016, the federal government was expected to spend approximately $6.7 billion on cloud, which was more than 8 percent of the federal IT budget. Going forward, the market research firm predicts that federal cloud spending will grow substantially through 2019, far outpacing the growth in overall IT spending.
Cloud is expected to play a critical role in two major initiatives: Legacy IT modernization and data center consolidation. In both cases, cloud is seen as a way to make existing systems more flexible and scalable, particularly when adopted in conjunction with Agile and DevOps. As part of its Data Center Optimization initiative, OMB identified cloud as essential to creating more efficient infrastructure.
Attendees heard subject matter experts from across government discuss how agencies can realize the full benefits of the cloud and accelerate their modernization and optimization efforts.
- Cloud-based modernization strategies
- FedRamp High and other security measures
- The cloud-on-demand paradigm
- Data storage in the cloud
- The role of IaaS, PaaS
- The app store
- The future of cloud and mobility