Bruce Hart, chief operating officer of Terremark Federal Group, in a recent op-ed for Federal Times, said “there is no better model“ to enhance efficiency, reduce costs and improve security than cloud computing.
Hart's piece about the federal technology du jour, touted cloud computing's strengths, such as “infrastructure costs“ and “scalability decisions“ for federal agencies.
“Agencies don’t have to gain approval for large capital expenditures, and can avoid the costs of hardware, software, salaries for specialized IT resources, training and ongoing support,” he said.
Hart also tackled cloud's perceived weaknesses, notably security.
“Security concerns often present a strong barrier to cloud entry, and government CIOs need to find ways to secure their investments in the cloud,“ he wrote.
The solution for cloud's security pitfalls lies in multilayer security services, delivered through the cloud, which can defend websites, applications and data from cyber attacks, he said.
“A service provider’s cloud computing infrastructure should also provide highly experienced, certified professionals who are familiar with government security requirements and can audit and certify an agency’s cloud infrastructure,“ he added.
While there is “no better model than the cloud“ for agencies looking to reduce costs and improve efficiency, he said, he did offer some caveats.
To be successful .. it is critical for both the cloud computing service providers and government users to understand the drivers and challenges in federal, state and local government market, identify the areas that cloud computing can bring the most IT efficiencies and raise awareness and trust in the model,“ he explained.