It should not surprise anyone who works in federal IT that agency infrastructure continues to create challenges for mission success. When agencies attempt to deliver critical services to citizens and protect national security using systems that are decades old, problems will occur in delivery. From data that is trapped in silos and can’t be utilized to support the additional workload, to IT teams burdened with the day-to-day maintenance and troubleshooting of the older technology, the situation becomes dire for the agencies.
However, help is at hand.
With the passage of the Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT Act), agencies finally have the funding they need to overhaul their legacy environments and build for the future. To capitalize on this opportunity federal CIOs and their teams should take a moment to explore what GovLoop has described as the “future of IT” – Converged Infrastructure (CI).
According to Jeff Morrow, Co-founder and Vice President, National Security Programs at IronBrick, CI provides agencies with a “holistic platform designed to support an agencies needs.” With CI, agencies can combine servers, storage, and networking to improve speed, responsiveness, and dependability.
As Morrow shared, CI is “built with cloud readiness in mind.” It can be deployed as easily at core agency data centers as it can in the field and can support private clouds, multi-tenancy, and hybrid cloud environments. In all instances, CI delivers a flexible self-service model where resources can be provisioned and consumed on demand. CI creates a data center environment that runs seamlessly and frees IT team members to focus on innovation and mission success rather than data center management.
There are many applications that CI supports, from improved workforce productivity to virtual desktop infrastructures. For Morrow, however, CI’s greatest virtue is its ability to eliminate silos so that “data is transformed into actionable intelligence to support the agency’s mission.”
Ready to learn more? Watch the video below or download the complete guide to CI here.