Is Cloud Computing Green ? Kevin L. Jackson Director, Cloud Services NJVC, LLC
Presidential Executive Order 13514 October 5, 2009 Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance Section 1. Policy. In order to create a clean energy economy that will increase our Nations prosperity, promote energy security, protect the interests of taxpayers, and safeguard the health of our environment, the Federal Government must lead by example. It is therefore the policy of the United States that Federal agencies shall increase energy efficiency; measure, report, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions from direct and indirect activities; ….. Sec. 2. Goals for Agencies. In implementing the policy set forth in section 1 of this order, and preparing and implementing the Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan called for in section 8 of this order, the head of each agency shall: ◦ ….. ◦ (i) promote electronics stewardship, in particular by: ….. (v) implementing best management practices for energy-efficient management of servers and Federal data centers; and
President Obama FY 2010 Budget"Of the investments that will involve up-front costs to be recouped in outyear savings, cloud-computing is aprime case in point.The Federal Government will transform its Information Technology Infrastructure byvirtualizing data centers, consolidating data centers and operations, and ultimately adopting a cloud-computing business model. Initial pilots conducted in collaboration with Federal agencies will serve as testbeds to demonstrate capabilities, including appropriate security and privacy protection at or exceeding currentbest practices, developing standards, gathering data, and benchmarking costs and performance.The pilots willevolve into migrations of major agency capabilities from agency computing platforms to base agency ITprocesses and data in the cloud. Expected savings in the outyears, as more agencies reduce their costs ofhosting systems in their own data centers, should be many times the original investment in this area."
Cloud Computing Not a new technology but a new approach in the provisioning and consumption of information technology A services oriented architecture (SOA) implemented typically on a virtualized infrastructure (compute, storage, networks) using commodity components coupled with highly automated controls enable the five essential characteristics of cloud computing. The “sale” is consultative based on the business model change, not on the technology Key Benefits Key Concerns Significant cost reductions Standards Reduced time to capability Portability Increased flexibility Control/Availability Elastic scalability Security Increase service quality IT Policy Increased security Management / Monitoring Ease of technology refresh Ecosystem Ease of collaboration Increased efficiency
Is Cloud Computing Green Computing? I’ll tell you in a few years.
Kevin L. JacksonNJVC, LLCKevin.email@example.com(703) 335-0830