Harnessing Cloud Technology to Drive Efficiency

Steve Harris, VP & GM, Dell Federal

Steve Harris, VP & GM, Dell Federal

Benefits of Cloud Computing

In 2015 we’ve seen a trend towards agencies, especially defense agencies, adopting private clouds to realize benefits that range from cost-saving to security and agility. According to Brookings Institution, federal government agencies that have moved to cloud computing achieved 25 to 50 percent savings. The rise of converged infrastructure technologies–the GSA’s FedRamp process immediately comes to mind–and the ability to remove infrastructure modules as needed make private clouds an even more agile and attractive option for CIOs looking to reap the other benefits of private clouds. This trend is supported by recent Gartner data, which indicates that in a year about 20 percent of companies will not own any of their IT.

 Through our extensive experience not only with our government customers but also our customers in the private sector, Dell has learned that leveraging private clouds effectively largely depends on individual customer needs, which is where Dell’s end-to-end and scalable cloud environment expertise comes into play. From Dell solutions to partnerships with key vendors like Microsoft we make sure our customers are well positioned to implement an environment they’re comfortable with.

“We remove infrastructure modules and make private clouds more agile for CIOs who are looking to reap the benefits of private clouds”

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Government is not usually seen as being on the cutting edge of technology, but following the 2010 “Cloud First” mandate, there is a great deal that can be learned from cloud implementations across U.S. government institutions. Despite the fact this mandate was made four years ago in 2011, many federal agencies remain stuck with legacy applications running on their own original overstretched assets. The federal market is at a crucial maturation point and we’re seeing opportunities for IT modernization projects that that usually very scarce.

 As cloud adoption becomes more mainstream, government entities and commercial organizations are beginning to shift adoption to truly strategic cloud initiatives, which may require a different mix of cloud platforms and tools. One advantage that federal government agencies who still finding their way in cloud computing have is a level of flexibility and customization that can tailor a deployment to an agency's security expectations and management capacity. Contractors, like Dell, specialize in strategic cloud planning like this because we work directly with agency CIOs and have the ability to provide dedicated, on-premises cloud or place certain applications in a shared environment that's managed remotely.

 For example, the Navy recently tapped Dell to provide it with a Microsoft enterprise-as-a-service cloud email system for its reservists, which will save it hundreds of millions of dollars as an alternative to the service’s Next Generation Enterprise Network, known as NGEN. The cloud email pilot is also in the process of pioneering network architecture within the system, including a Cloud Access Point that will serve as a connection between NGEN and commercial cloud providers. Access points are a fundamental component of cloud strategies because they allow integration across many different cloud services across an agency network.

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