Cloud first to cloud smart: 3 tips to smooth the transition

MIKE WALSH | December 13, 2018

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As the government moves from cloud first to cloud smart, agencies must get their arms around some basic elements to make sure their continued shift to the cloud is both cost-effective and secure. This may mean reconsidering how to think about the cloud, improve security and leverage acquisition options.This past September, the Office of Management and Budget published its Cloud Smart Strategy proposal -- the first cloud policy update in seven years -- to create a way for agencies to migrate to a more safe and secure cloud network. As agencies assess cloud strategies, it’s important they have operational parity across both public and private-cloud based resources. The biggest misapprehension about the cloud is that it is about the network. If it were, public cloud providers would allow cloud customers to bring their own network devices. The cloud (public or private) is less about the boxes that cloud infrastructure requires, and more about applications, services delivery, automation and operational parity. Unfortunately, the government seems to be stuck on the notion of a box- or hardware-defined network.

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