Research Report: The Virtual Public Sector

Cloud in 2014: A Guide for Government

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Cloud is set to play a major role in government. Although agencies are still working out security issues and other policies, they also are deploying cloud technology to meet an increasingly wide array of mission requirements. And the options to government users of cloud are expanding. Hybrid clouds, which support both public and private options, provide a much-needed solution for users, the government’s FedRAMP program offers better choices for secure cloud services, and cloud brokers could take care of most of the procurement angst. Without a doubt, 2014 will be a big year for the cloud.

Across the government, agencies are discovering new ways in which cloud computing can transform how they deliver IT services to their users.
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Most agencies need the option of using both private and public clouds, plus the ability to manage this environment in a coherent fashion.
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Agencies and vendors alike will benefit from recent efforts aimed at providing a solid security foundation for cloud efforts.
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The FedRAMP mandate is expected to help raise the level of cloud security across government, but agencies might that it does not cover the requirements of all cloud deployments.
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A third-party broker, whether an agency or vendor, could help cloud customers put together programs that incorporate products and services from multiple vendors.
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