Gartner has recenty predicted that by 2020, a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-internet” policy is today. CIOs will increasingly leverage a multitude of cloud computing providers across the entire IT stack to enable a huge variety of use cases and meet the requirements of their business unit peers. Indeed, the tides are shifting toward a “cloud-first” or even “cloud-only” policy... 

Marc Wilczek

Castelfranco Charter: Cloud Computing For Public Health

Castelfranco Charter: Cloud Computing For Public Health

A new revolution is occurring in communication and information technology, and that is cloud computing. People are becoming familiar with social networks and emails which are some of the services being offered by cloud computing. The main thrust of this revolution is to use the same concept being used in email and social networking to business so that applications and data can be shifted to the clouds. Great savings as well as better efficiency in both public and private sectors are expected to be generated if business entities shift to the clouds.

Asolo Ulss, a local public entity in Venice, Italy came up with a charter called Castelfranco Charter for public health. The charter offers suggestions for public entities when they shift to cloud computing. The recommendations were presented in an international conference tour.

The Castelfranco Charter recommends:

  • Use of a redundant broadband network to connect the company, the cloud service providers, and the clients.
  • Make sure the cloud service provider can offer use of a private cloud as an initial step before switching to a public cloud.
  • A roadmap must be presented when moving applications and data to the clouds under sustainable security, management, and economic conditions.
  • Ensure that the datacenters where the entity’s data will be stores are located in a country which guarantees regulations and laws are complied with.
  • Data portability and interoperability must be guaranteed by the cloud service providers if the entity wishes to take advantage of the offers of another service provider.
  • The cloud service provider must be able to ensure continuous operations while in the clouds.
  • Backup/data storage activities must be included in the cloud provider’s management policy.
  • The cloud service provider must put in writing its liability for interoperability failures, downtime, outages, theft and/or loss, and data misplacement.
  • The information and communication technology infrastructure must be modified for service management skills.
  • The entity must appoint a risk and privacy manager who will supervise security, protection, and data management.

Small and medium-scale companies as well as local public entities can also take advantage of the recommendations in order to move their applications and data safely to the clods. The benefits of cloud computing is highly depended on how fast business and public entities can adopt cloud computing therefore policymakers must be able to promote rapid adoption. These entities may have difficulties in overcoming data privacy, data portability, and reorganizations but these can be resolved by coming up with strategies before moving the systems to the clouds.

Cloud computing is continuously evolving and currently focused in providing software as a service, platform as a service, and infrastructure as a service. Because of this movement, software and hardware companies are creating a lot of services and data centers.

Compared to traditional platforms, cloud platforms can support various users through the internet and therefore becoming cost-efficient. Traditional platforms, on the other hand, are still founded on the use of the operating system on various infrastructure services as well as on custom and packaged applications.

Business organizations and public authorities can have great financial benefits when they take advantage of cloud computing because on a general scale, fixed costs are reduced because the entities do not need to spend heavily on fixed capital IT expenditures. SMEs can greatly benefit on cloud computing because money which is saved from capital expenditures can now be used on other more important projects.

By Florence de Borja