Cloud Computing

Nephologists must be amazed at the increase in hits when searching for 'cloud' on the internet today. Unfortunately for them it is not because of an increased interest in the cumulus and nimbus – as these days cloud is probably more associated with: governance; security; risks or related terms as 'cloud' has arrived in a big way in the world of Information Technology.

2010 saw a significant advance in popularity of Cloud Computing and according to Gartner, Cloud Computing topped the list of the top 10 technologies in 2010 and is well on its way to become an IT staple by 2015.

Two cloud strategic direction papers that may be of interest come from the both the US and Australian Governments.

Federal Cloud Computing Strategy

The US Federal Government believes that Cloud computing has the potential to play a major part in addressing current inefficiencies in the Information Technology environment and improving government service delivery. The cloud computing model can significantly help agencies grappling with the need to provide highly reliable, innovative services quickly despite resource constraints. The paper is available through the CIO Council Website. Read More

Cloud Computing Strategic Direction Paper

The Australian Government Cloud Computing Strategic Direction Paper describes the whole of government policy position on cloud computing and states that: agencies can choose cloud-based services if demonstrating value for money, fitness for purpose and are adequately secure; provides guidance for agencies on what cloud computing is; and some of the issues and benefits of cloud computing that agencies need to be aware of and is available through the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) website. Read More

Key Risks

To keep it in perspective Gartner has identified four risky issues that CIOs and sourcing executives should be aware of when contracting for cloud services. Read More