USDA Cloud Implementations<br />Vishal Khera<br />Office of Chief Information Officer<br />February 17, 2011<br />
OMB’s Guidance and Expectations<br />Implementation of Cloud based services is one of the key action item identified in th...
Cloud Benefits and Opportunities For USDA<br />- 3-<br />Improved Business Agility<br /><ul><li>Improved hardware asset ut...
Improved capital utilization and reduced license costs
Improved productivity in application development, application management, network, and end-user  ops.
Usage based pricing ensures transparency of IT expenses for Agencies</li></ul>Lower IT Cost and Improved Transparency<br /...
Near real time increase in capacity enables OCIO to help Agencies better meet their mission area demands
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Federal Cloud Case Study

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Vishal Khera, Office of the Chief Information Officer, United States Department of Agriculture

Hear from federal agencies who have adopted SaaS/Cloud applications and platforms. The agencies will discuss the factors taken into consideration when selecting a particular solution or platform, hurdles that developed during adoption, and what every ISV should know when selling to the public sector.

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Federal Cloud Case Study

  1. 1. USDA Cloud Implementations<br />Vishal Khera<br />Office of Chief Information Officer<br />February 17, 2011<br />
  2. 2. OMB’s Guidance and Expectations<br />Implementation of Cloud based services is one of the key action item identified in the OMB’s 25 Point Plan to Reform Federal IT Management. <br />USDA OCIO continues to embrace the “Cloud First” policy and has rolled out several enterprise Cloud based solutions. <br />- 2-<br />
  3. 3. Cloud Benefits and Opportunities For USDA<br />- 3-<br />Improved Business Agility<br /><ul><li>Improved hardware asset utilization
  4. 4. Improved capital utilization and reduced license costs
  5. 5. Improved productivity in application development, application management, network, and end-user ops.
  6. 6. Usage based pricing ensures transparency of IT expenses for Agencies</li></ul>Lower IT Cost and Improved Transparency<br /><ul><li>Agency’s ability to purchase “as a Service” significantly reduces time to market for IT services
  7. 7. Near real time increase in capacity enables OCIO to help Agencies better meet their mission area demands
  8. 8. Shorter time for application development and functionality deployment</li></ul>Creation of New Value Drivers - Innovation<br /><ul><li>Lower costs encourages experimentation and innovation through Cloud based R&D Labs
  9. 9. Improved execution of Green IT goals
  10. 10. Resources and funding is available for ideas and applications that were previously too expensive</li></li></ul><li>Current State Implementation of USDA Cloud Services<br />4<br />Complete service catalog and SLAs are available at http://www.ocio.usda.gov/nitc<br />
  11. 11. Current State Implementation of USDA Cloud Services (Cont’d)<br />5<br />NITC IaaS<br />Three different tiers of virtualized disk storage<br />Priced as per GB per month approach to provide maximum flexibility<br />Rapid provisioning for agency programs<br />USDA Enterprise Messaging System<br />Cloud based email solution for all USDA agencies to accelerate consolidation<br />Estimated savings up to $6M per year<br />120,000 users to be migrated over the next several months<br />USDA Connect<br />Included Lotus Connections offering for Web 2.0 collaboration<br />Enables dynamic network of co-workers and business partners<br />Scalable solution offered to all USDA agencies at a fraction of the cost of IBM’s LotusLiveSaas offering <br />NITC PaaS<br />Fully managed operating platform up to and including the operating system.<br /> Provide a secure environment that has been fully certified and accredited<br />Competitively priced service being used by 10+ agencies for 20+ applications<br />
  12. 12. Cloud Applicability Analysis Framework<br />USDA OCIO has prepared an evaluation framework to analyze various workloads against the key differentiators that determine the workload applicability for Cloud computing. These key differentiators include:<br />6<br />Value Attributes<br />Readiness Attributes<br />Security<br />Efficiency<br />Agility<br />Elasticity Needs<br />Innovation<br />SLA Requirements<br />Data Confidentiality Needs<br />
  13. 13. The Way Forward…<br />USDA OCIO will continue to improve and expand the Cloud services offered to its Agencies<br />We continue to work with our agencies to anticipate their demand for Cloud services<br />Additional services being considered include enhancements to DbaaS and self-service development environments<br />As identified in OMB plan, we will continue to consolidate the Cloud demand at the Department level to drive economies of scale<br />Address Cloud management and governance issues<br />Continue to assess applicability of Public clouds for our workloads and the associated ROI<br />7<br />

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