Public sector agencies at the federal, state, and local level are under pressure to carry out large scale IT modernization programs to continue to meet the mission and deliver services to citizens and other constituencies. However, government agencies still face significant operational and financial challenges in bringing their IT modernization plans to fruition. In a recent article on GovDataDownload Dave Kushner, VP of Sales for ViON, a market leader in the design, delivery, and maintenance of IT infrastructure solutions, shared some interesting insights on how government agencies can overcome these challenges.
According to Kushner a Data Center as-a-service (DCaaS) model can simplify and accelerate IT modernization goals.
Keep reading to find out what he sees as the way forward for the pubic sector…
DCaaS offers a way for agencies to overcome budget constraints, rigid and lengthy procurement processes, a complex and aging infrastructure, limitations with current technology, and unclear or undefined strategies. According to Kushner, an as-a-service model allows agencies to right-size IT solutions, scale them up as they are needed, and to move at the pace they need to meet mission requirements.
“We work with NetApp to provide Data Center-as-a-Service, which includes traditional IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS models as well as multi-cloud environments,” Kushner explained. “It also includes next-generation technology like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, GIS, and advanced analytics.
“Using DCaaS can mitigate many of the barriers that agencies face because technology is acquired differently. ViON assumes ownership of the actual infrastructure hardware, and our customers only pay for what they use with OpEx funds. This is advantageous, because it doesn’t follow traditional procurement cycles,” he said.
According to Kushner, ViON assumes the risk of ownership, and the up-front capital expenditure (CapEx) burden, so agencies pay only for what they use in a cloud consumption model. This approach offers financial flexibility to deploy the modern technology they need today, rather than having to budget for it over several cycles.
“An as-a-service model allows agencies to invest their CapEx into other strategic, mission-critical initiatives, and our customers have found they have greater control and governance with using it,” he explained. “The bottom line is that they are not going to be surprised with a large bill, which is very important for government agencies.”
ViON pioneered the as-a-service model in the federal and public-sector markets more than 15 years ago, “before cloud was cool,” by working with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), which had the foresight to consume technology in an as-a-service model in the early 2000s. They have built on that experience and now work with at every level of government to help them consume IT services while mitigating financial risk.
“To mitigate risk around an agency’s IT modernization goal, we follow a formal framework for IT governance that aligns our customer’s IT strategy with their business strategy and allows them to benefit from a lower overall cost of ownership,” Kushner said. “When we do this with our customers with NetApp solutions, it drives the IT transformation they’re looking for, provides them with the ability to adopt at the speed and scale that works for them, and allows them to take advantage of the innovation that NetApp delivers.”
ViON’s experience has shown them the “good, the bad, and the ugly around the as-a-service model,” according to Kushner. The company provides DCaaS, and, as an organization’s IT and mission needs expand, they work with partners, such as NetApp, to offer everything an agency needs now and could need in the future.
“It truly becomes a collaborative effort between ViON, our customer, and NetApp to understand what kind of growth is coming down the road and find out what newer technologies the customer may want to consider incorporating,” he explained. “Take, for example, the NetApp hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). We offer that in a flexible model, allowing our customers to start small and scale up.
“We’ve done this for a long time, so it really doesn’t matter what the technology is,” Kushner said. “As the customer’s needs expand, as they grow, or as new technology comes out that they want to deploy, ViON will offer it in the as-a-service model and fulfill their needs.”
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