Cloud Computing

Navigating through the security and compliance of virtualization and the public sector cloud can be daunting. Questions like, “What is cloud?” and “How can I plan and implement cloud solutions in my environment?” are still unanswered for most agencies.

Cloud Computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand.

Our experienced consultants can help you:

  • Understand the value of cloud technologies to your organization through customized workshops
  • Virtualize your data center to speed up your path to cloud adoption
  • Implement software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions
  • Manage the entire engagement so you can focus on your core business
  • Keep your cloud computing environment running at peak efficiency

ETEK offers government agencies with multiple Cloud services:

Software as a Service

Software as a Service (SaaS) is a cloud application service that delivers software as a service over the Internet. It eliminates the need to install and run the actual application on the user’s computer.

SaaS allows for network-based access to, and management of, commercially available software. Activities can be managed from a central location rather than each user’s site, which enables customers to access applications remotely via the Web. It also allows for centralized updating, which eliminates the need for patches and upgrades.

Making use of a SaaS offering from a hosting provider like Dell saves you the costs and headaches of deploying new applications in your own environment. We handle server and software maintenance. You pay only for the resources you use, typically on a subscription model. You can start small, with a minimal investment, yet be able to scale up (or, later, back down) as your needs change. You bypass the problem of balancing your infrastructure outlay with your IT demands.

Your cloud solution may include one or more applications from the full portfolio of applications hosted in Dell™ clouds and delivered to your IT staff and users over the Internet. With over 10,000 customers and more than 6,000,000 mailboxes and devices under management, Dell IT Management SaaS is one of the biggest providers of SaaS solutions.

ETEK provides government agencies with SaaS modeled options from Dell.

Platform as a Service (PaaS) is defined as the delivery of a computing platform as a service. It is the operating environment in which applications run.

PaaS offerings facilitate deployment of applications without the cost and complexity of buying and managing hardware and software. It provisions hosting capabilities, which provides all of the facilities required to support the complete life cycle of building and delivering web applications and services entirely available from the Internet.

PaaS offerings may include facilities for application design, application development, testing, deployment and hosting. Application services such as team collaboration, web service integration and marshalling, database integration, security, scalability, storage, persistence, state management, application versioning, application instrumentation and developer community facilitation are also provided.

A PaaS approach can address key application management and development issues, offering such benefits as:

  • Low barriers to entry — By doing away with the need to make upfront investments in new hardware and software resources, PaaS radically reduces the costs, risks and timelines associated with new development efforts.
  • Innovation without hassle — PaaS models free your IT staff to collaboratively develop and test applications outside the constraints and limitations of your in-house infrastructure.
  • Greater flexibility — PaaS enables automatic, scalable application deployment and greatly simplifies patch and update management. It can also deliver applications to 10 or 10,000 users depending on demand.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provides a virtual platform environment as a service. Instead of purchasing servers, software, data center space or network equipment, clients instead buy those resources as a fully outsourced service.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provides a virtual platform environment as a service. Instead of purchasing servers, software, data center space or network equipment, clients instead buy those resources as a fully outsourced service.

  • Faster responses to changing business conditions or internal customer needs, enabled by rapid system provisioning and rapid scalability, both up and down, without the long-term lock-in of hardware purchases
  • Productivity increases resulting from access to your applications and data from anywhere and the reliability that comes from a distributed computing model
  • Reduced capital outlay for hardware acquisition, maintenance, data center real estate, and power and cooling, when using a pay-for-use (public cloud) model

ETEK provides government agencies with IaaS modeled option from Dell.

Cloud Management tools allow you to manage all of your cloud computing solutions with a single management system. This is done by enabling different virtual machines to be transferred or migrated in real time from one virtualization capacity to another.

Your agency can benefit from cloud management software because it reduces the time needed to manage your cloud software by having one management system.

Private Clouds or Internal Clouds can be made up from all of Cloud Computing models. Ranging from SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS depending on what your agency is currently using.