From the Author
Above the Clouds is meant as a guidebook to help managers understand the path to Cloud Computing and how to approach the journey. The promise of Cloud Computing is that organizations can finally stop worrying about the care and feeding of Information Technology infrastructure by transferring to a managed shared service model. Moving to this new paradigm takes courage and a degree of care, but the transformation of the organization into a cloud ready enterprise can improve productivity, reduce risk and at the same time, cut costs. --From the Author
About the Author
Kevin T. McDonald is a Senior Information Technology Analyst and Cloud Strategist for ICF International, Inc, a global consultancy based in Washington, DC. Mr. McDonald is an imaginative IT security and project leader with over twenty five years of industry and government experience. He specializes in Infrastructure Protection, Cyber Security and Business Continuity Planning and has published and spoken in a variety of venues. He is a member of the Tech America Cloud Computing Committee and the IAC-ACT Cross-SIG Cloud Computing in Government committee and the Cloud Security Alliance. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis degree from the University of Arkansas and is currently pursing graduate studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. McDonald holds Certifications from ISCA as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), from ISACA as a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), from the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) from Disaster Recovery Institute International.