Panel event in COVITS-2010 - Commonwealth of VA - IT Event

I wanted to share my thoughts on the panel event "Bringing Clouds to Earth" that was held as a part of COVITS-2010 last week.  Given  that commonwealth of VA is actually somewhat ahead in the concept of shared services (beginnings of a private cloud model) with it's infrastructure currently hosted by Northrop this was an interesting venue to speak. What made this more interesting was the fact that most of the state systems went down the week before this event because of a shared infrastructure failure ( http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9I786B00.htm). Does this mean the concept of Shared services/Cloud pose a bigger risk?. We had a lot of audience participation - with a lot of questions surrounding disaster recovery, high availability etc.  I talked primarily about the promise of cloud 2 years ago and where the gaps are as it relates to State & Local businesses. 
They are in the areas of 
- Cost Recovery (Tackling the "color of money" issue)
- Data classification (S&L entities have to go through this exercise to understand whether data is sensitive or not)
- High availability and DR - the myth that HA and DR can be addressed at the infrastructure level and completely ignored at the application/platform level.  
-Purposeful Virtualization gets you better returns than generic OS Virtualization.
I  will write about each of these things in greater detail as I progress in my blogs. 
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