Leaner and meaner
A great article, and a much needed one to remind everyone that as IT moves away from capital expenditures to the new OPEX model, it's the policies that really need a good revamp. The nice side benefit is that these agencies who may have large legacy data centres now have a great business opportunity to buy and sell services amongst each other in an almost cloud-brokerage style model. The larger agencies who have data centres can now play cloud provider, and have other smaller agencies subscribe to their services, leveraging the cloud cost models. This not only helps pay the equipment cost (and any existing capital outlays still on the books), but helps reduce redundency of equipment, and really streamlines costs, making the overall departments more efficient. Just another way cloud is helping streamline computing procurement and delivery.