In Focus | Cloud Computing
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In Focus | Cloud Computing


– Hello, I’m Maria Trujillo, and I’m coming to you
from the LG Digital Studio at Georgetown University
School of Continuing Studies. In focus today, cloud computing. I’m joined today by David
Shanker, senior vice president of Information Technology at JBG Smith. Welcome, David.
– Thank you. – So, thank you for being with us. I have several questions for you. First, how do you find the right balance between adopting cutting-edge
products or services, and security within the firm? – You still do your
standard risk analysis. You would do the same thing regardless of whether it’s a cutting-edge
product or a legacy product, whatever the platform may be. Do your evaluation, but then go back and really do an evaluation of… What’s the value-add for the business? What kind of operational
efficiency can this bring? And then, go do your security
as a follow-on component. Does this impact security, and
how does it impact security? What’s the operational risk? Are the efficiencies gained by using this new cutting-edge product,
mitigating security concerns that you may have previously had. Other times, also, new
cutting-edge products have a different security model
than maybe a legacy product, or technology, or
service you’re replacing, so it may actually improve. That’s a lot of times what we’re finding, is we’ll bring in a
new product or service, and really that new
security model is better than what we’ve had in the past. – So let’s talk about cloud computing. One of these innovations in
cloud is hybrid cloud solutions. Are these the selected path
for many organizations? What is your opinion on this? – We kind of have adopted the model of cloud first and cloud always. When we bring in a new
application or service, or we’ve gotta move an
existing application, or we’ve gotta grow or scale
an existing application, it’s the cloud, there
isn’t any other discussion. Now we do have some
applications that won’t run in your major cloud providers, so then we go to that
hybrid cloud approach. We’ll keep it in a data center. We’ll be doing backups or replication or building an integration
out to a cloud service, and really starting to
build that foundation for a future move to the cloud. But we’re never handcuffing
ourselves in a data center. – So tell me about those changes that you’ve seen in the last five years, and the ones that you see in the horizon. – I think the cloud’s gonna keep going. People aren’t gonna build data centers in the traditional model, especially in that
mid-size business range, where we follow, it’s just not the type of thing we wanna do. The business is also
gonna demand more from IT. How can you deliver applications? How quickly can you
deliver those applications? And are they secure? Especially for a business, mid-size, or a small business,
they don’t have the scale that your major cloud providers
do, so I oftentimes think that your security’s gonna
be better out in the cloud. – Tell me about that.
(both laughing) – So the same policy in
governance applies in the cloud that it would in the data center. You may adapt some specific
facets of your policy or the way you govern, but
the same general rules apply. That being said, the cloud is handling your operational facets of security, so they’re doing patching,
and they’re doing rotation, and they’re monitoring traffic, and they’re doing it at
a scale that a business, especially one that is not
a technology business… We’re real estate focused, obviously we do have
technology components, and we use technology
to enhance our business, but we’re not in the data center business. So we really rely on these
providers in cloud services to do a lot of the
operational work for us. – David, thank you so much for joining us. It’s been a pleasure talking with you. – Thank you. – And thanks to everyone
out there for watching. Stay tuned for more from
the LG Digital Studio at Georgetown SCS.

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