To the cloud my friend!. State of Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. Why Georgia has its node. in the cloud. Steve Alison – Georgia EPD Simon Watson – Windsor . Session Purpose.
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State of Wyoming
Department of Environmental Quality
Why Georgia has its node
in the cloud
Steve Alison – Georgia EPD
Simon Watson – Windsor
In 2011 Georgia EPD decided it would be beneficial to their organization to relocate their exchange network flows from an internally hosted OpenNode2 instance to a new cloud based instance “OpenNodeC”.
This session discusses why the choice was made, the solution provided and whether hosted solutions are viable for other EN participants.
Costly support contract in place at the state level.
Lengthy turnaround in resolving issues
Lack of skilled resources that understand the node architecture.
Difficulties in utilizing contracting mechanisms.
EPD lacked an affordable infrastructure and sufficient skilled resources to support the EN environment.
Rapidly evolving technology stacks.
State Supported Infrastructure Dependence – removed
Node Upgrade – included
Flow Support – included
Reliability - maximum
Infrastructure – provided
Technology Currency - included
Technology Platform - indifferent
Need for own EN skilled staff – gone
Peace of mind – in the cloud
Georgia has taken the bull by the horns.
So what does the future hold
Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet).
Windsor Cloud Node
Secure Tunnel /Direct DB
What does all this mean to the EN?
Why should I consider the cloud?
What challenges still exist?
What should you do?
Another viable alternative.
Cost effective option.
A hosted node could form an integral part of a cloud based strategy.
Opportunity to remove some technical aspects of the EN and return focus to protecting the environment .
Massive uptake in cloud deployments as organizations see benefits.
Less dependence on a particular technology stack. When its in the cloud it really is software in a box or Software as a Service (SaaS).
Big use of Amazon and more players available.
Best practices promised in order to provide cloud security peace of mind.
Protection of sensitive data.
Factors driving others to choose a cloud option
Overall Cost Savings
Elasticity/Ability to adjust to fluctuations in resource demands
Improved Hardware Utilization
Still some challenges ahead. In particular building confidence and trust.
Windsor Solutions, Inc.