To meet expectations of ongoing IT modernization initiatives, government entities currently face the massive feat of shedding legacy IT and employing new technologies, all while taking rigid budget restrictions into account. In our first installment of Tech to Watch for FY18, we talked about Artificial Intelligence’s (AI) role in efficiently powering the new wave of federal IT solutions and some of the technologies that were featured at CSRA’s Emerging Technology Day.
This week, we’re highlighting cloud solutions that address pressing issues in the government IT space. This is particularly crucial for government offices that are prioritizing the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI). These agencies need comprehensive and streamlined IT approaches to improve their data centers those needs point to the cloud.
As federal agencies continue the IT modernization process, there is a lively discussion swirling around the migration into the cloud. Is this move practical for our office? Is the cloud more or less susceptible to cyberattacks? How much time and effort would a move this size take? What advantages do cloud solutions provide that our existing systems don’t? These are all questions that Federal IT decision makers must ask themselves and their teams. Most would tell you that cloud and hybrid cloud solutions are the future for federal IT regardless of the perceived hurdles.
Let’s take a look at some of the cutting-edge cloud solutions on the market that government leaders should keep top of mind as we enter federal buying season.
Showcasing the Cloud
The importance of cloud solutions in the federal government cannot be overstated. The cloud simplifies IT infrastructure by allowing employees to collect and act on all their data in real time with increase workspace visibility. This means more efficient and timely utilization of invaluable data.
System awareness is a top concern for IT professionals, so CloudAware’s ability to seamlessly manage cloud communities is extremely appealing. CloudAware combines a large set of operational and security capabilities targeted at managing IT enterprises with hybrid cloud environments spanning on-premises VMware environments and public clouds including, AWS, Azure, and Google. This increase in system visibility allows teams to operate more transparently, resulting in controlled cost, optimized performance and the ability to respond in real-time to pressing issues.
In addition to the need for team visibility, cloud solutions like Denodo offer the distinct advantage of more time-effective data virtualization and agility. The Denodo Platform accelerates data virtualization adoption for integrating data from disparate sources, locations and formats, without replicating the data, to create a single “virtual” data layer that delivers unified data services to support multiple applications and users. This development mean agencies are able to draw data-driven conclusions from a “single source of truth” and act on those conclusions more swiftly.
With data analytics and storage becoming increasingly more important across the board, the time for federal agencies to make the leap to the cloud is here. Wielding the power of cloud solutions is going to be a contributing factor in ongoing federal IT improvement.
In our next Tech to Watch feature for FY18 we’ll take a look at emerging technology solutions that improve workflow and mission delivery for federal agencies. If you can’t wait until then, you can find out more about these next-generation solutions here.