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Cloud-Ready Enterprise Architecture

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Executive Summary

The rapid growth of Cloud Computing, a style of computing in which scalable and elastic IT capabilities are provided as a service to multiple clients using Internet technologies, has significant promise for federal agencies but requires a coordinated approach to planning and implementation. The decision to move to a cloud environment is not just technical; rather, organizations need to ensure that their Cloud Computing activities are consistent with and supportive of their business, technical, and security strategies. Enterprise Architecture (EA), a process and framework for aligning business processes, information flows, applications, and infrastructure to support agency goals, provides a powerful tool for aiding in planning and transitioning to the cloud.

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