Cloud Deployment Tool

The increasing need of business, public services, social engagements and personal computing on demand poses significant challenges to on premise applications, services, data and underlying IT infrastructure. The scale of requests seeking access have been increasing multi-fold. The conventional infrastructure struggles to cope with the scale. Infrastructure investment today is likely to get absolute in a short span of time. On premise infrastructure may not have the flexibility and agility to match the fast changing technology world. Investment on it would be unproductive and will prove to be futile in the course of time. Managing inherent legacy systems and ensuring performance and security would be another set of challenges. IT infrastructure needs to be configurable, agile and flexible to imbibe new technology innovation and satisfy scalability requirements. Its management needs to be professional and it should provide high assurance over security. Cloud computing brings these benefits the table.

To determine the best cloud offering, it is important to understand (or at least have a good idea compute, storage, and networking requirements. Requirements of every organization are different and so are its applications, confidentiality, and the level of support required. Cloud deployment models represent the category of cloud environment and are mainly distinguished by the proprietorship, size and access.

For government department and agencies, DeitY has defined cloud deployment in three broad categories namely:

  • Multi-tenant Public Cloud
  • Government Community Cloud
  • Virtual Private Cloud.

    Departments often have concerns around risks, security issues, and regulatory compliance associated with cloud computing. On what frameworks and controls be deployed for different categories of data and service is a challenge to solve. What portion of data can be moved to cloud? Shall there be any restriction on cloud adoption for data meant to be in public domain? In the absence of a well-defined framework, organizations find it challenging to also select appropriate cloud services suited to their requirements and needs. A well-informed decision, taking all factors into consideration, will help government organizations choose cloud services between Government Community Cloud, Virtual Private Cloud and Multi-tenant Public Cloud.

    When it comes to cloud service providers, implementing critical controls and safeguarding whatever data they store while keeping simplicity at the forefront becomes a mammoth task in the absence of appropriate data classification framework. Data classification plays a very critical role while securing and protecting the information not only stored in the cloud but also information which is in the pipeline or stream of getting into or out from the cloud. This activity helps cloud service providers to offer the services proportionate to sensitivity of data and accordingly apply safeguards.

    To make it simpler for the organizations, DSCI and one of the industry members joined hands to develop a tool to help organizations incorporate a data classification framework and use cloud deployment tool (in the form of a questionnaire) to help organizations select appropriate cloud services. The cloud Questionnaire entails all questions that are to be answered by the government department to determine which cloud model it should adopt. The preconceived queries are organized into different buckets as Business, Compliance, Security and Technical. The questions in each category are domain specific and answering a series of questions helps organization to choose the Cloud Computing Model effectively.

    DSCI is seeking industry feedback on its Data Governance Framework and industry contributed Cloud Decision Model and Cloud Deployment selection model approach and questionnaire. Please send your inputs to rahul{dot}sharma{at}dsci{dot}in, latest by August 22.