In a time when the term “IT modernization” gets thrown around a lot among federal agencies, it’s understandable for IT decision makers to get caught up in a “keeping up with the Joneses” mentality. Especially in today’s new pandemic environment, federal IT teams are under pressure to move towards a hybrid cloud architecture as hybrid work becomes more ubiquitous. But it’s important for those decision makers to understand that the adoption of a hybrid cloud model, particularly if it’s new territory for your agency, is a process that should be steady and thoughtful. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach and agencies look to the cloud for different reasons and functionalities.
“Modernization is a journey,” stated Craig Heartwell, CTO of Presidio Federal in a recent Dell Technologies video series introducing the Presidio subsidiary that launched in July 2021. “Modernization needs to be done strategically and it takes real thought.” Heartwell urges federal IT leaders to think critically about what they expect from a modernized (or sometimes brand new) hybrid cloud model before starting the implementation process.
Watch Heartwell’s overview of the Federal Modernization Journey here:
Hartwell noted that hyperconverged solutions will be a key factor for federal agencies looking to modernize effectively and efficiently. “Infrastructure is a priority of modernization because we are all heading towards a hybrid multi-cloud future,” he said in another video installment. He also touched on the important point that cloud adoption as a concept has evolved over the last decade in the federal space, with budgets, attitudes, and technologies shifting to make cloud more readily accessible to any organization. All of these shifts pave the way for a hyperconverged IT architecture.
Watch Heartwell’s explanation of the emergence of hyperconverged solutions for federal organizations:
Navigating where an agency is in that modernization journey and identifying exactly what components of a hyperconverged IT architecture will contribute to mission delivery is often the most daunting part of IT modernization. This is where collaboration with partners like Presidio Federal become crucial.
Click here to learn about how to craft a strategic, well-planned hybrid cloud model for your agency, whether you’re just embarking on your modernization journey or adding to the foundation you’ve already built.