Regional Cloud HubsBy Bob Violino Print
Government agencies are implementing virtualization, cloud computing, and mobile devices and applications to help keep costs in line and deliver quality services to the public.
Regional Cloud Hubs
Such moves to the cloud are expected to become more common among government agencies. A new type of government cloud service has emerged that could significantly change the way state and local governments procure online computing services, says Shawn McCarthy, research director at IDC Government Insights.
Using "regional cloud hubs," one government agency offers computing services to other government agencies, McCarthy says.
"In many cases, moderate or even zero capital expenditures are needed to take advantage of cloud offerings," he says. "The solutions are either developed in-house or are commercially developed private clouds dedicated to government use and designed to meet specific government standards."
This evolution of cloud computing has the potential to trigger several "game-changing" consequences, McCarthy says. For the host facility, it can turn a government agency cost center into a revenue center. "By selling cloud solutions to other government organizations, host agencies can offset their costs," he adds.
In addition, local governments can buy cheaper cloud solutions than they might find on their own, and they might be able to reduce capital expenses, McCarthy says. "Cloud services already are replacing internal client/server as the main model for government application delivery," he states.
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