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Booz Allen Hamilton, has long recognized the significant impact Cloud Computing will have on organizations providing services and products to costumers. This article focuses on Booz Allen's approach to using Computing as a mechanism for achieving sustainable IT goals.
Cloud Computing Technology: A Mechanism for Achieving Sustainable IT Goals
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Although the terms “Sustainable IT” and “Green IT”
are used extensively today—often interchangeably—
Sustainable IT implies much more than an ad hoc
combination of technologies fused into a Green IT port-
folio. Green IT is often used to denote IT with reduced
power or resource consumption. Truly Sustainable IT is
the result of cultural, organizational, and technological
transformation that successfully integrates sustain-
able philosophies, strategies, and practices to reduce
IT-related energy consumption—all while increasing
the service levels necessary to deliver 21st-century
sophisticated computing services.
With potential outcomes supporting lower costs, improved environmental efficiencies via
reduced in-house data center and technology use, and reallocation of resources to innova-
tive internal processes, the public is embracing Sustainable IT as a philosophy and techni-
cal direction. Cloud Computing—a style of computing where massively scalable and elastic
IT capabilities based in highly efficient data centers are provided as a service to multiple
customers using Internet technologies—is a technical construct and capability with broad
potential to meet emerging economic, energy, and other requirements. Cloud Computing can
also serve as an enabler for achieving Sustainable IT.
Booz Allen can help you be ready for what’s next
Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading strategy and technology consulting firm, has long recog-
nized the significant impact Cloud Computing will have on organizations providing services
and “products” to customers and other stakeholders. As the number of computer and IT
users increases, the demand for
more computing power, storage, and
communications capabilities also
increases. The drive to E-Gov parallels
this growth, with increased numbers
of citizens accessing US government
sites and services electronically. For
more than 50 years, Booz Allen profes-
sionals have provided IT and system
strategies, designs, and implemen-
tation support to meet customer
requirements throughout the mission
life cycle and throughout significant
technological, organization, mission,
and global cultural change.
S t r ateg y I O p e r atio n s I O r ga n i z atio n & C ha n ge I I n fo r m atio n T ech n o l og y
Cloud Computing Technology
A Mechanism for Achieving Sustainable IT Goals
About Booz Allen
Booz Allen Hamilton has been
at the forefront of strategy
and technology consulting for
95 years. Providing a broad
range of services in strategy,
and change, information
engineering, and program
management, Booz Allen is
committed to delivering results
For more information contact
Senior Vice President
To request an invitation
to become a member of
the Government Cloud
website sponsored by Booz
Allen Hamilton, please e-mail
Data center power consumption●●
doubled between 2000 and 2005.
Twenty-five percent of IT budgets are
consumed by energy costs alone.
It is anticipated that infrastructure
power usage will soon cost more
than the hardware itself.
Federal data centers alone are●●
responsible for more CO2
than more than 100 countries.
Booz Allen has been analyzing the economic, computational, service, and environmental
aspects and value of Cloud Computing in the context of our Cloud Computing transition
methodology. We see Cloud Computing as essential to achieving Sustainable IT benefits
because it can significantly reduce not only IT costs but also an organization’s environmental
footprint—thus fulfilling economic self-interest and social responsibility. Federal agencies
should anticipate new policies requiring significant improvements in energy consumption
and environmental protection and factor this into whether Cloud Computing is right for them.
Sustainable IT benefits are readily achievable, and the path to a Sustainable IT environment
requires a phased approach based on a clear vision, a coherent strategy, and well-defined
and executed plans at the technical, management, and organization levels.
Booz Allen’s view and approach
Sustainable IT integrates economically, environmentally, and socially responsible policies and
practices with IT planning and operations:
Results in cost and operational efficiencies to enable saved dollar reinvestment
in other core mission areas
Results in efficiencies in energy consumption, physical space, and waste
Results in the development of a organizational culture that is responsive to and
responsible for its well-being; a positive correlation exists between organizational social
responsibility and organizational productivity
Booz Allen’s approach is to develop an Integrated Technology and Strategy Plan that defines
business, IT, and sustainability objectives and strategies. Cost considerations, social
responsibility goals, best practices, and federal requirements inform this plan. Based on this
strategic direction, organizations are better prepared to determine how well Cloud Comput-
ing can help them achieve their Sustainable IT vision. A Cloud Computing vendor landscape
analysis also helps organizations quickly identify which vendors can best advance their
sustainability goals. Organizations can achieve Sustainable IT in traditional IT environments,
Cloud Computing-based environments, or a blend of both. Booz Allen’s Cloud Computing
transition methodology encompasses a broad range of organizational and technical areas
and skill sets to maximize the initial and life-cycle evolution of traditional IT environments to
a Cloud Computing environment. As a result, organizations can achieve a new level of IT and
operational effectiveness coupled with the significant benefits of Sustainable IT.
Booz Allen experience and expertise
The momentum behind the government’s adoption of Cloud Computing is significant and
driven by multiple interrelated factors, such as mission, need for speed, flexibility and agil-
ity in meeting stakeholder requirements, and cost. Booz Allen has achieved a position of
thought and action leadership in the government’s adoption of Cloud Computing. From its
earliest testing of Cloud Computing constructs and vendors, transition planning, and techno-
logical methodologies, to the highly regarded Cloud Computing Summit hosted by Booz Allen
in October 2008, the firm has been at the forefront in understanding and developing effective
tools, methodologies, and processes so government agencies can rapidly migrate to, and
effectively use, this new technology.
Whether you’re managing today’s issues or looking beyond the horizon, count on us to help
you be ready for what’s next.