A major key to success would be in the identification of which non-critical applications and infrastructure resources an agency could migrate to a cloud platform. By definition, these would be resources the agency could go without for two days. In general, applications, storage and server resources related to ad-hoc projects, research and development efforts, and certain peak-time requirements could clearly be considered.
To ensure operational and contractual flexibility, only solutions that could work across multiple cloud infrastructures should be considered. Many commercial vendors can provide multi-cloud support for continuity of operations requirements, including:
- 3Tera Applogic grid operating system with Disaster Recovery Suite
- Rightscale/Eucalyptus multi-cloud deployment and management
- ZeroNines multisync architecture deployment to multiple cloud providers
- Dataline storage and transport virtualization using random bit-level splitting
Is this a valid approach? Are their alternatives? As always, your suggestions and recommendations are welcomed.