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The Federal Government's Use of the Public Cloud

The United States’ federal government is a major consumer of computing services. Previous articles have talked about the FedRAMP approval process used to ensure the security and functionality of cloud services before they can be adopted by any federal agencies. This time, we are going to look at how cloud services are being used by the civilian arm of the Federal Government.

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Here's What to Watch with Cloud Pricing

Cloud computing has matured significantly in 2020 than it was the case in the past decade. This has been true in different areas such as pricing, technology and availability of many cloud options. With the increased number of players, picking the best provider has become a challenge which is hard to address because the options you choose depends on the platform and the pricing. Although initial prices are what many people focus on, there is much more in running a cloud than the subscription costs and server capacity. If organizations fail to take charge, the cost of operating cloud can spiral fast and out of control.

Before moving any service to the cloud, there is need for a deeper understanding of some aspects such as the amount of data that flow between servers and between applications, dependencies, and security, access and authentication requirements. Also, understand the services that are offered by the cloud services and the pricing models of providers.

The public cloud is one of the options that you are likely to consider when migrating. One thing you should know is that before anything, a public cloud is like an empty house that you can live in, but you must buy some utilities and install some things if your life is to be good. Unlike private clouds or on-premise services, you share many things with other organizations in the public cloud. In such a shared environment, security is an area of major concern because it is provided just for the data centre. With this in mind, be aware of the cost of running cloud applications such as network costs, firewalls time that the application will be running. Also, take into consideration the cost of migration, disaster recovery plans and staff who are needed to operate the new systems. With all these aspects, what might have appeared as a low-cost system might become too expensive for your organization.

Understanding the characteristics of your service is also crucial. This is the first step before migrating to the cloud. Ensure that you know the features and requirements of the applications that you want to migrate and their design. Although some things might be straightforward, you must always try to understand how applications function before moving them to avoid unnecessary hassles along the way. The best way you can attain this is by ensuring that your internal IT personnel classify data and ask ever department the importance of data.

It would also help if you learned how to calculate charges. Doing this will reveal additional costs for miscellaneous requirements such as IP address, data transfer costs, domain resilience and other things and add to the cost of servers and storage. Always try as much as possible to understand the additional costs and calculate whatever you believe will make migration expensive. Include things such as resilience and service recovery, that are all needed for a safe and secure data migration strategy. For unnecessary cost to be avoided, look closely at the different types of services that are in the market and match your workload and requirements with these options. Consider keeping some applications in-house if migrating to the cloud cannot change things much.

Although everyone looks for services with low cost, it is also important to also compare the quality of service with the prices. A choice might appear less costly, but the services offered may be bad and may cost you in the long run. Never overlook essential elements, such as service delivery and proper risk management strategies. You can run some services in the public cloud, while you can decide to run others on private cloud and leave others in on-premise.

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COVID-19 Pushes Cloud Adoption

As the coronavirus pandemic continues biting, many industries have suffered untold losses while some businesses have been forced to close for good. The virus has affected almost every sector leaving a trail of destruction and losses that are hard to recover any time soon. Difficult as it is for many people and industries, the pandemic has become a source of profit for others. With the technology that was already there, cloud companies are reaping big from the COVID-19 pandemic, that has forced millions of people to work remotely. The pandemic came when companies were already moving their applications and their activities to the cloud.

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Saving Money with Cloud Cost Optimization

One of the reasons that many organizations are attracted to cloud computing solutions is the promise of cost savings. But simply shifting an on-premises computing environment to a public cloud provider may not achieve the desired economic benefits. A move that was intended to save money can end up being more expensive if not done carefully.

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The Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud Storage Architecture

Organizations that take advantage of public cloud resources have a range of options available when designing their storage architectures. One perfectly viable choice is to keep their resources in-house by using on-premises storage appliances and applications. At the other end of the spectrum, an enterprise can decide to store all of its data using the storage capabilities of a public cloud provider. Between these extremes is the hybrid option that leverages both cloud and on-premises equipment and methods to create a holistic storage environment. 

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Surviving Hurricane Season with the Cloud

Individuals responsible for the continued operation of an organization’s computer systems are challenged by extreme weather events. Some potential issues are more predictable than others. Data centers located in areas that are prone to hurricanes can expect to be impacted by the storms on a fairly regular basis. The increased proliferation of extremely strong and large hurricanes has made it more important than ever to have plans in place that maintain business operations when disaster strikes.

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Clouds Are Growing as Remote Access Dominates Business Operations

Over the past few months, it has become clear that technology can do many things than we had initially imagined. From meetings to working from home and ordering items, groceries of food, we can now do almost everything while seated at our comfortable couches at home. All these became clear after the coronavirus pandemic. Since the beginning of this unprecedented transition, cloud businesses have benefited the most. This came as companies increasingly moved their data and information to a digital platform so that they can continue dispensing services even as their physical premises remain closed.

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The Promise of the U.S. National Research Cloud 

One of the benefits of the public cloud computing model is the ability of multiple entities to take advantage of the immense resources made available by providers. This characteristic evens the research playing field by allowing academics and small startups to leverage the technical expertise and computing power of the cloud-tech giants. It would be financially impossible for these organizations to replicate the infrastructure that major cloud vendors have at their disposal. 

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Cloud Migrations are Affecting Layoffs

As COVID-19 continues changing norms across industries, the impact is emerging in the IT industry. Many companies are moving their IT services are moving to the cloud as a way of enhancing service provision. Although companies were already shifting their operations from onsite to the cloud pre-Covid-19, the shift has been accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic as well as lockdown and social distancing measures put in place to limit infections. This change is suddenly being felt as many players are now laying off their staff. For instance, IBM, under its new chief executive officer, is cutting off several jobs as a result of these changes. Although the number of staff that will be laid off is still not known, the Wall Street Journal reports that it is likely to be in thousands out of its original number of 352,600 as of the end of 2019.

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The Complimentary Nature of AI and Cloud Computing

Artificial intelligence (AI) has had a tremendous impact on many areas of computing. As the technology matures, its influence continues to expand in the cloud computing world. AI is used by providers both to manage their resources and to offer advanced services to their customers. It is being woven into the fabric of computing services at a consistently increasing pace.

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