Federal Hybrid Cloud Solution

Eight Reasons to Implement a Federal Hybrid Cloud Solution

Hybrid cloud implementations offer flexibility, customization, and ability to manage the balance between security and availability. Federal agencies can use existing on-premise solutions for mission critical workloads, while moving non-critical items to a public cloud.

  1. Accelerate Information technology (IT) development and move to market faster with enhanced collaboration and sandboxes.
  2. Use existing IT resources, while updating operations in phases, minimizing risks and building an agency-specific lessons-learned library.
  3. Customize solutions, choosing from on-premise, public or private cloud, allowing for the best available technologies for each application and agency-specific use.
  4. Enjoy the flexibility and agility of public cloud solutions, while securing and owning data and applications.
  5. Reduce IT expenses, by eliminating many in-house operations, freeing IT departments to focus on innovations.
  6. Increase asset use by purchasing only what you need, and maximizing what current capital expenditures.
  7. Comply with federal- and agency-specific regulations and policies.
  8. Reduce cost and improve disaster recovery processes.

Model

Cloud Infrastructure Set-up

Managed by

Location

Private cloud

Used by a single organization comprising multiple consumers (e.g., business units)

Owned, managed, and operated by the organization

On or off premises

Community cloud

Used by a specific community of consumers from organizations that have shared concerns (e.g., mission, security requirements, policy, and compliance considerations)

Owned, managed, and operated by one or more of the organizations in the community, a third party, or some combination of them

On or off premises

Public cloud

Used by the general public

Owned, managed, and operated by a business, academic, or government organization, or some combination of them

On the premises of the cloud provider

Hybrid Cloud

The cloud infrastructure is a composition of two or more distinct cloud infrastructures (private, community, or public) that remain unique entities, but are bound together by standardized or proprietary technology that enables data and application portability

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Eight Things to Know Before Starting a Federal Hybrid Cloud Implementation

When you can’t migrate all legacy IT infrastructure, applications, or data to the cloud, consider hybrid cloud—a mix of on-site computing resources and commercially provided computing resources.

Ensure that the hybrid solution will support the mission of the agency, as well as the current information technology strategy.

Know the desired business objectives. Understand what security and access levels are required for end users to accomplish agency objectives.

Document at a high level what systems, infrastructure and data the agency owns. Evaluate what resources require private and which resources are suited for public cloud. Take into account legacy systems, as well as on premise infrastructure.

This is not an IT project; it will change the way the agency administers IT. It requires training and a solid communication plan that includes all stakeholders.

Private cloud should not be the default.

By using open technology the agency will not be locked into one vendor or solution, allowing future flexibility. Use the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) templates to ensure compliance, while navigating from vendor to vendor.

Hybrid solutions may involve several technologies and several suppliers. Supplier relationships may be more dynamic than traditional IT, requiring quick on-boarding and sometimes termination. Always have a plan for migrating data in case a relationship ends. Create a good evaluation system to ensure that comparisons between suppliers and offerings are similar.

Develop agency-specific lessons learned from implementing more manageable solutions first. This step ensures successful implementations for mission-critical systems.

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More Information

Learn more at the Cloud Computing Services Program Management Office or contact GSA’s Information Technology – Customer Service Center at 855-ITaid4U (855-482-4348) or ITCSC@gsa.gov.

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Last Reviewed 2016-10-27