Forty-five percent of federal employees believe their agencies are not adequately preparing for a multi-cloud environment: one that unifies public, private, or hybrid platforms. By preventing vendor lock-in and providing flexibility and optimization, a multi-cloud strategy helps government agencies deliver on their missions in a more cost-effective way and with broader support for applications.
A multi-cloud environment is an incredibly useful environment; however, it can be difficult to implement without trusted partners to help bring the environment together as a whole. Ineffective implementation of a multi-cloud strategy can lead to issues with compliance, security, data management, and sharing. However, when done effectively, a multi-cloud environment allows agencies to select the best environment and level of security for each workload. For instance, sensitive citizen information can stay on-prem, but public-facing information can still be hosted in the public cloud.
A hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is one solution to consider for establishing control, improving visibility, and replacing legacy architecture in a multi-cloud environment. The Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Service Provider transitioned their system to HCI to enable virtual desktop infrastructure. This led to upgrades in hardware as well as stopping time-consuming operations. Since the migration, performance improved by 300 percent and server build time declined from days to seconds.
As agencies continue to embrace the cloud to achieve mission success, agencies’ modernization efforts demand a strategy that enables security, resiliency, and compliance. A multi-cloud environment gives agencies the flexibility they need to establish platforms in the public, private, or hybrid cloud. Agencies are heavily investing in cloud spending as they continue to find solutions, such as HCI, to achieve success in their environments.
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