When we talk about the journey to cloud (see 19 January 2013 entry below), we highlight the fact that we developed this methodology with guidance from customers who are making successful transitions to cloud. Many of these customers are in sectors such as finance and online travel -- enterprises with large scale and extreme cost-awareness. So you might wonder whether those customers were limited, special cases -- or, is the journey being applied at more sites, across more sectors.
In fact, the journey is underway at data centers of all shapes and sizes. A new example from the public sector is the State of Texas. Working with the Oracle Enterprise Architecture team, they are making the journey to cloud. To quote from the recently published Oracle Enterprise Architecture White Paper:
"The State of Texas is setting a progressive example for other state governments by relying on cloud service providers to provision IT resources to dozens of state agencies. Led by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), the state is creating the Texas Cloud Marketplace, a private cloud that utilizes engineered systems such as Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic to deliver new technology while fulfilling legislative mandates. Oracle is helping to transform the state’s widespread infrastructure, which spans hundreds of databases and tens of thousands of applications. The billion-dollar consolidation project was designed to help 300,000 government employees serve 25 million citizens in a more flexible and cost-effective way."
Too busy to read the white paper? Then check out this article in Profit Magazine for a quick overview.