The government is under enormous pressure to provide efficient and reliable information-sharing services that support military operations, trade and travel security, social services delivery and a wide variety of citizen services. Many agencies are already maximizing cloud solutions to increase information and workloads sharing as technologies continue to evolve into more complex, hybrid public-private clouds, interconnected systems, social and “always-on” networks. But, before making the decision to move your agency’s IT services to the cloud, it is important to examine the pros and cons of the cloud. Attend the sessions in this track to learn how other government agencies are using, developing, managing and securing applications in the cloud to better serve and protect their citizens in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
10:50 - 11:20 AM
Cloud Fireside Chat
This session will set the stage for “Delivering Mission-Critical Services through the Cloud” exploring the current state of cloud adoption across federal government, the challenges for future adoption and strategies to overcome the obstacles.
Vice President of Cloud Computing and Growth Initiatives, IBM
R. "Ray" Wang
Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman, Constellation Research, Inc.
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Risk Management in the Cloud
Security has repeatedly been cited as a primary concern related to public/community cloud adoption. Private clouds provide agencies with the security that they need but don't deliver the economic value of public cloud. Hybrid cloud solutions can deliver the best of both public and private cloud capabilities. With the growing amounts and types of structured and unstructured data, how do agencies improve the risk profile of their cloud system? Hybrid clouds provide clients with even greater efficiency and more flexibility while addressing security concerns and managing risk. This session will discuss how to implement strong security solutions and manage risk through a hybrid cloud approach.
Assistant Director of Technology and Chief Information Officer, Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board
Vice President, Application Innovation Services, IBM
12:45 - 1:15 PM
Bare-Metal: How to Get More Out of the Cloud
The bare-metal cloud has emerged as a way to complement or substitute virtualized servers with a dedicated server environment that eliminates the overhead of virtualization without sacrificing the flexibility, scalability and efficiency benefits of the cloud. Agencies are able to operate with greater performance and security by running on dedicated bare-metal. Bare-metal, along with virtualized capabilities, can satisfy the Federal Government’s requirements for performance, security, transparency, and flexibility. This session will look at the advantages and disadvantages of bare-metal clouds. In addition, speakers will discuss which workloads benefit most from this type of service and functionality, and how to successfully integrate a mixed cloud environment – both virtualized and bare-metal – to meet agency demands and the mission of the federal government.
General Manager of Commercial Product Sales, Exelis Geospatial Information Solutions
Vice President, Corporate Initiatives, The SI Organization, Inc.
Steve Canale [Moderator]
Vice President of Global Sales, IBM/Softlayer
1:25 - 1:55 PM
Open Standards – The Path to Interoperability and Cost Savings
As the government looks to the cloud for IT cost savings and innovation, agencies need to explore and understand why adopting open standards for cloud computing is the right path to take. Agencies that choose cloud vendors that take a proprietary approach to technology risk building dead-end clouds and prevent the government from keeping pace with the new features and innovation coming from open source cloud solutions. Vendor lock-in not only makes it difficult for agencies to collaborate seamlessly by sharing workloads, applications and data, it also prevents the government from solving complex, cross-agency problems in an efficient manner. In this session panelists will discuss multiple scenarios regarding a move to a cloud environment and how open standards can help the government to drive cost savings and innovation.
Chris Dorobek [Moderator]
Publisher and Editor, DorobekInsider
Business Development Executive, Cloud Computing, US Federal, IBM
IT Specialist, Computer Security Division, Federal and Industrial Office, Information Technology Lab, and co-chair, Cloud computing Standards Roadmap Working Group, NIST
2:15 - 2:45 PM
DevOps and PaaS - Leaders in App Dev Value the Strategic Impact PaaS Can Have on Their DevOps
Cloud technology is rapidly becoming the new IT status quo and by 2016, more than one-fourth of the world’s applications will be available in the cloud. Approximately 85 percent of new software is now being built for cloud deployment. Supporting this software growth is DevOps, a closed-loop open standards approach for rapid application development with inherent continuous innovation, feedback and improvement. In addition to DevOps, the emergence of a truly composable and integrated open standards approach - Platform as a Service (PaaS) with automated provisioning - further enhances the government’s ability to collaborate, be efficient, make fewer errors, have faster deployment times and reduce costs. By adopting cloud, which is both a catalyst and enabler of DevOps, the Government's mission goals of speed, agility and innovation can be achieved through DevOps and composable PaaS. It is estimated that the cost of government applications development and deployment can be reduced by $20.5 billion a year, or close to one-third of what is currently spend on federal IT. This session will explore the impact of different use cases of DevOps that are enabled or enhanced by the Cloud platform, and the different scenarios of DevOps adoption by organizations adopting Cloud based on Cloud Service Models – Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Software as a Service (SaaS).
IBM Worldwide Lead, DevOps Technical Labs, Executive IT Specialist, IBM Software Group
2:55 - 3:25 PM
SaaS – On-Demand Mission Delivery Session
By implementing software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, federal agencies can achieve significant cost savings over similar internally managed solutions. Because of the obvious cost savings, some federal agencies have already begun move towards SaaS, and they’re seeing a number of benefits – from smarter analytics and more efficient IT operations to improved collaboration capabilities and a more energized workforce. With SaaS, agencies only pay for what they use and results are seen faster, with on-demand availability. This session will provide an agency example with SaaS with lessons learned and key benefits provided with the solution.
Volunteer Delivery System IT Project Manager, Peace Corps
SmartCloud Solution Market Segment Manager, IBM