Today, the phrase ‘as-a-Service’ is part of our everyday lexicon – particularly when it comes to IT. While being able to procure so many things as-a-Service has introduced a new level of convenience for consumers, for federal agencies it is driving digital transformation.
When federal agencies began their IT modernization journeys more than a decade ago, one of the biggest obstacles – and one that still persists today for most agencies involves determining the right workloads for the right cloud model. While many CIOs and their IT teams might dream about being able to rip and replace entire systems, a wholesale replacement of systems is often out of the question. While some systems are difficult to maintain, secure and upgrade, they are an integral part of agency architecture and carry critical workloads. In addition, the capital outlay required for such an overhaul is simply not feasible with today’s budget constraints. Instead, agencies assess the workloads, requirements and feasibility of change to support IT Modernization requirements and roadmaps.
The issue of finding a way forward with legacy systems becomes infinitely more difficult when the technology an agency needs to replace is one of their workhorses. This is the situation in which many federal agencies, including DISA and the Department of Labor have found themselves as they consider the future of their SPARC servers. SPARC has had a longstanding industry reputation of reliability and performance, thus it has been handling critical workloads for many years. The announcement of a new M12 upgrade allows legacy workloads to continue on their modernization path.
SPARC technology delivered as-a-Service, rather than as simply a hardware solution to be procured, provides agencies the ability to mitigate on-going maintenance costs AND remove the need for massive capital outlays. This is the conversation that the Deputy CIO for the Department of Labor, Rick Kryger and industry experts Rob Davies of ViON and Oracle’s Sandy Krawchuk explored during a digital program on how agencies can drive technology modernization using as-a-Service model. “We’re looking more at as-a-Service. As-a-Service is one of the tools that agencies can use for IT modernization and use it to keep adapting and keep evolving their IT modernization, because technology will always keep changing,” shared Kryger. “As-a-service is readily consumable, standardized, provides stability, and it’s quick to deploy. It provides consistent and maintainable quality and lowers long-term operation and maintenance costs. All of these features drive your agency’s capability to innovate.”
As agencies plan for a future that’s driven by data intensive applications like AI and deep analytics, the ability to support data-rich legacy applications while being agile and flexible becomes critical. By taking advantage of the as-a-Service model for infrastructure, as well as storage, compute, and even mainframes and data centers, federal agencies will be able to streamline operations, extend their budgets, fan the flames of innovation and drive long overdue digital transformation.
Hear the full conversation with DCIO Kryger here.