According to the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA), global spending on cloud-based technologies has skyrocketed to over $50 billion per year; and will continue to grow by over 70 percent per year. Two industries leading the cloud-based IT adoption are government and healthcare. Both sectors are leveraging the technology to revolutionize business processes, increase efficiency, streamline operations, and reduce costs.

In order to maximize investments, organizations should see the cloud as an extension of their current IT environment that delivers enhanced services for IT constituencies. Cloud is an enterprise architecture that accommodates your business or agency needs, providing enterprise-worthy architecture capabilities that deliver automation, metrics, performance and operational strength.

We all know the benefits of the cloud. But it’s also important to better understand the core tenants of the cloud infrastructure to ensure your agency is taking advantage of every capability.

  • Compute: All cloud environments require the core component of compute — typically a stateless, boot from storage infrastructure that provides the resources needed for the cloud. 
  • Storage: It is all about the performance of the storage. Imagine if you are booting from a slow storage device, your cloud experience will be slow as well. 
  • Network: A scalable and flexible network infrastructure is critical to success.  Network, firewalls and associated components have several critical paths to your ATO.  Take some time to plan this section of your architecture carefully. 
  • Security: Security requirements will dictate the configuration of the previous three components.  Security is the glue that keeps the cloud together.  Security does not stop at the hypervisor; leverage a solution that provides a compliance framework that will assist in the management of the authority to operate’s (ATO) cloud environments. 

The Dell Cloud for U.S. Government offers many strengths in these four components. The design and architecture are built from the ground up to satisfy the federally secured consumer. To learn more about how the Dell Cloud for U.S. Government can help your agency move forward, click here. Or follow us on Twitter at @DellServices and/or @JeffreyLush.

Author Jeffrey Lush, chief technology officer, Dell Services Federal Government, will be one of the keynote speakers during the Cloud Computing for Government (gCLOUD©) track session at Cloud Computing East 2014 on May 15 at 2:10 p.m. at the Hilton Doubletree in Washington D.C. He will be providing insights into these four key components and how to get the most out of your cloud investment.