|By Kevin Jackson||
|August 20, 2012 12:00 PM EDT||
Late last week the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) released an important whitepaper that reviewed its multi-year Pilot Texas Cloud Offering (PTCO).
This project was designed to allow a small group of agencies to choose a virtual private cloud-based infrastructure as a service from a marketplace of service providers made available by a cloud broker. For this project, Texas DIR selected Gravitant and its cloudMatrix technology. This approach was selected as it maximized the opportunity to produce the broadest spectrum of experiences for customers.
As far as I know, the PTCO represents the only proven operational model of the cloud brokerage concept deployed within a government setting. Among the lessons learned, this project showed that the use of a cloud broker can:
- Help government agencies screen their applications for cloud feasibility and prioritizing cloud migrations accordingly;
- Address the challenges of cloud model comparisons due to the variables in product offerings, including the business models, service levels, and package inclusions;
- Translate capacity requirements into provider line items, thus allowing for accurate estimation of cloud cost;
- Provide a cloud service order review or approval workflow facility, a function not normally provided by cloud service providers; and
- Provide a means to regulate payment across multiple government entities.
If you are interested in learning more about the results of this pilot project, download the complete report at http://www.slideshare.net/kvjacksn/pilot-texas-cloud-offering.
NJVC is partnering with Gravitant to bring this advance cloud brokerage technology to the federal marketplace.
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