After some initial skepticism, government agencies are embracing the cloud. That’s putting pressure on public-sector IT organizations to deliver a new class of cloud solutions to their customers.

Georgia is a good example. With agency customers asking both for more and more complex cloud services, the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) is developing an enterprise approach to cloud, and thinking about the type of support and resources agencies will need to deploy more sophisticated cloud services successfully and securely.

Georgia CIO Calvin Rhodes and CTO Steve Nichols talked about the trend toward bigger cloud solutions in interviews during Government Technology’s Georgia Digital Government Summit earlier this week.

Charting a New Course on Cloud

Rhodes met recently with agency CIOs to discuss an enterprise approach to cloud services, and says the state has adopted new governance procedures for running multi-tenant cloud deployments.

Coping with Cloud Complexity

Nichols says agencies now want to move workloads to the cloud that may include sensitive data, and they’re also asking to integrate cloud solutions with existing data center systems. Those pressures are pushing the GTA to consider new ways of offering cloud services to its customers.