To help support the transition to the cloud for federal agencies, GSA’s Data Center Optimization Initiative Program Management Office recently published a whitepaper titled Infrastructure as a Service Consideration for the Data Center Community to share the successes, lessons learned and any feedback about cloud transformation.

As highlighted on CIO.gov, the GSA’s Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) requires agencies to use cloud infrastructure when optimizing, consolidating and creating new applications. And, this new white paper intends to provide a roadmap for agencies to fully embrace the cloud under this requirement.

According to a blog post by Dan Pomeroy, Director, DCOI, the whitepaper details common findings and guidance on:

  • Business Drivers – make a compelling case for cloud transformation.
  • Organization Readiness – ensure a seamless transition to the cloud.
  • Migration Considerations – understand pricing structure and virtualization.
  • Organizational Impact – determine staffing and skill needs, cost controls and security risks.

In terms of the flexibility of the cloud, the white paper states that, “cloud services enable IT organizations to quickly spin up proof-of-concepts, prototypes, and new environments. With that speed, organizations need to manage customer expectations, particularly around the entire product development lifecycle.”

In addition, DCOI PMO offers guidance on the federal tools and resources that can help agencies transition to the cloud and utilize cloud computing capacities not available in current information technology service offerings, noted Pomeroy. They also offer research assistance to help agencies mitigate cloud challenges.

For many agencies, this is a vital resource to help them become “cloud smart” in ways that help to leverage the most cutting-edge innovations for enhancing mission success. To read the full white paper, please click here.