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Cloud Computing Technology: A Mechanism for Achieving Sustainable IT Goals


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Booz Allen Hamilton, has long recognized the significant impact Cloud Computing will have on organizations providing services and products to costumers. This article focuses on Booz Allen's approach to using Computing as a mechanism for achieving sustainable IT goals.

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Cloud Computing Technology: A Mechanism for Achieving Sustainable IT Goals

  1. 1. Ready for what’s next. Although the terms “Sustainable IT” and “Green IT” are used extensively today—often interchangeably— Sustainable IT implies much more than an ad hoc combination of technologies fused into a Green IT port- folio. Green IT is often used to denote IT with reduced power or resource consumption. Truly Sustainable IT is the result of cultural, organizational, and technological transformation that successfully integrates sustain- able philosophies, strategies, and practices to reduce IT-related energy consumption—all while increasing the service levels necessary to deliver 21st-century sophisticated computing services. With potential outcomes supporting lower costs, improved environmental efficiencies via reduced in-house data center and technology use, and reallocation of resources to innova- tive internal processes, the public is embracing Sustainable IT as a philosophy and techni- cal direction. Cloud Computing—a style of computing where massively scalable and elastic IT capabilities based in highly efficient data centers are provided as a service to multiple customers using Internet technologies—is a technical construct and capability with broad potential to meet emerging economic, energy, and other requirements. Cloud Computing can also serve as an enabler for achieving Sustainable IT. Booz Allen can help you be ready for what’s next Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading strategy and technology consulting firm, has long recog- nized the significant impact Cloud Computing will have on organizations providing services and “products” to customers and other stakeholders. As the number of computer and IT users increases, the demand for more computing power, storage, and communications capabilities also increases. The drive to E-Gov parallels this growth, with increased numbers of citizens accessing US government sites and services electronically. For more than 50 years, Booz Allen profes- sionals have provided IT and system strategies, designs, and implemen- tation support to meet customer requirements throughout the mission life cycle and throughout significant technological, organization, mission, and global cultural change. S t r ateg y I O p e r atio n s I O r ga n i z atio n & C ha n ge I I n fo r m atio n T ech n o l og y Cloud Computing Technology A Mechanism for Achieving Sustainable IT Goals About Booz Allen Booz Allen Hamilton has been at the forefront of strategy and technology consulting for 95 years. Providing a broad range of services in strategy, operations, organization and change, information technology, systems engineering, and program management, Booz Allen is committed to delivering results that endure. For more information contact Michael Farber Senior Vice President 240/314-5671 Mike Cameron Principal 301/543-4432 Bill Schuler Principal 703/984-0386 cloudcomputing To request an invitation to become a member of the Government Cloud Computing Community website sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, please e-mail Data Points Data center power consumption●● doubled between 2000 and 2005. Twenty-five percent of IT budgets are consumed by energy costs alone. It is anticipated that infrastructure power usage will soon cost more than the hardware itself. Federal data centers alone are●● responsible for more CO2 emissions than more than 100 countries.
  2. 2. Booz Allen has been analyzing the economic, computational, service, and environmental aspects and value of Cloud Computing in the context of our Cloud Computing transition methodology. We see Cloud Computing as essential to achieving Sustainable IT benefits because it can significantly reduce not only IT costs but also an organization’s environmental footprint—thus fulfilling economic self-interest and social responsibility. Federal agencies should anticipate new policies requiring significant improvements in energy consumption and environmental protection and factor this into whether Cloud Computing is right for them. Sustainable IT benefits are readily achievable, and the path to a Sustainable IT environment requires a phased approach based on a clear vision, a coherent strategy, and well-defined and executed plans at the technical, management, and organization levels. Booz Allen’s view and approach Sustainable IT integrates economically, environmentally, and socially responsible policies and practices with IT planning and operations: Economic:●● Results in cost and operational efficiencies to enable saved dollar reinvestment in other core mission areas Environmental:●● Results in efficiencies in energy consumption, physical space, and waste Social:●● Results in the development of a organizational culture that is responsive to and responsible for its well-being; a positive correlation exists between organizational social responsibility and organizational productivity Booz Allen’s approach is to develop an Integrated Technology and Strategy Plan that defines business, IT, and sustainability objectives and strategies. Cost considerations, social responsibility goals, best practices, and federal requirements inform this plan. Based on this strategic direction, organizations are better prepared to determine how well Cloud Comput- ing can help them achieve their Sustainable IT vision. A Cloud Computing vendor landscape analysis also helps organizations quickly identify which vendors can best advance their sustainability goals. Organizations can achieve Sustainable IT in traditional IT environments, Cloud Computing-based environments, or a blend of both. Booz Allen’s Cloud Computing transition methodology encompasses a broad range of organizational and technical areas and skill sets to maximize the initial and life-cycle evolution of traditional IT environments to a Cloud Computing environment. As a result, organizations can achieve a new level of IT and operational effectiveness coupled with the significant benefits of Sustainable IT. Booz Allen experience and expertise The momentum behind the government’s adoption of Cloud Computing is significant and driven by multiple interrelated factors, such as mission, need for speed, flexibility and agil- ity in meeting stakeholder requirements, and cost. Booz Allen has achieved a position of thought and action leadership in the government’s adoption of Cloud Computing. From its earliest testing of Cloud Computing constructs and vendors, transition planning, and techno- logical methodologies, to the highly regarded Cloud Computing Summit hosted by Booz Allen in October 2008, the firm has been at the forefront in understanding and developing effective tools, methodologies, and processes so government agencies can rapidly migrate to, and effectively use, this new technology. Whether you’re managing today’s issues or looking beyond the horizon, count on us to help you be ready for what’s next. 03.047.10-A