Cloud Computing is both new and old. Much of the technology has been around for years under other names, but it has now become sophisticated and robust. It allows us to move away from version and change management and toward Service Level Agreements and on-demand technologies that can scale with us. This will lead to greater efficiencies, and allow us to take advantage of the research and development by cloud service providers and the resulting technological innovations. Colorado state government does not have the resources for such research and should be focusing on the business needs of administering state government.
The Colorado Cloud Strategy lays out the principles and decision criteria for employing cloud services and differentiates the service and delivery models that may be appropriate for various application scenarios. Colorado is proceeding with a “cloud first” policy, mirroring the Federal government’s cloud policy. Colorado is making a deliberate and explicit commitment to cloud services. We will proceed with the presumption that new services, applications and major revisions to existing ones will be supported in a cloud based environment first, unless there are significant reasons why they should be hosted on the State’s private infrastructure. The State will be particularly cognizant of and will anticipate ongoing reductions in cloud-based costs resulting from such innovations.
The Cloud Strategy has four simple goals, which align with the overall Enterprise Architecture Roadmap for 2011-2014.
• Reduce costs and redundancy
• Increase agility
• Continuously improve
• Reduce business, operational and security risk
Interoperability is key for insuring maximum flexibility and optimal use of the different delivery models. The diagram below illustrates the delivery models and their relationship to agility, interoperability and security.