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GCN : March 2013
GCN MARCH 2013 • GCN.COM 11 BROUGHT TO YOU BY SPONSORED BY This webcast, the third in the series titled, "3 Strategies for Lowering the Cost of Government through IT Innovation" will cover: Accelerating Access to Resources and Applications Simplifying and Automating Operations Management Delivering the Best SLAs for All Applications Register Now at: www.GCN.com/MissionReadyCloud REGISTER NOW FOR THIS FREE WEBCAST AT: WWW.GCN.COM/MISSIONREADYCLOUD How to Build and Manage a Complete Cloud Infrastructure to Reduce Risk and Optimize ROI UPCOMING WEBCAST | APRIL 17, 2013 Building a Mission-Ready Cloud Infrastructure Gravitant is taking steps to make it easier for government agencies to nd IT resources and services that might have been deployed without CIO or IT of ce oversight. Known as "shadow IT," the practice typically involves personnel performing application development or produc- tion work via the Internet in an attempt to speed up the time it takes to complete a project because traditional IT process might have failed to meet their needs. Agencies and enterprises are grappling with the issue of un- budgeted and unauthorized spending on IT resources --- most often external cloud services --- outside the CIO`s oversight, according to Gravitant of cials. PricewaterhouseCoopers, a consulting rm, recently re- ported that as much as a third of spending on technology in an enterprise is shadow IT. Gravitant will address the issue by adding continuous asset discovery and sync capabilities to its cloudMatrix brokerage platform, of cials said. The cloudMatrix platform has been deployed by several agencies in Texas, and is the foundation for NJVC's Cloudcuity Management Portal. Cloudcuity is a multi-cloud broker service for the federal government that will let agencies try, design and price an array of services from cloud providers before spending money and committing to large-scale migration. The new cloudMatrix capabilities will let CIOs and CFOs discover cloud assets used by their employees, as well as ag- gregate, link and govern them on an ongoing basis, Gravitant of cials said. Additionally, CIOs can run alternate sourcing scenarios to determine how much is being spent on shadow IT. This could result in alternate internal or external cloud providers being chosen to source the services. IT organizations can then offer the pre-approved cloud services to their employees while ensuring control over cloud assets. The functions also give users a single interface to manage multiple cloud accounts. Additionally, Gravitant plans to integrate more government- certi ed cloud providers into the cloudMatrix electronic ser- vices catalog to let government system integrators and service provider partners offer agencies an easy way to manage secure cloud service. • Cloud broker makes it easier to control shadow IT BY RUTRELL YASIN NEWS ANALYSIS