But the most compelling reason for many state and local agencies to adopt private cloud technology is increased privacy and security.
Private clouds provide agencies with full control and ownership of their data, explains Laura DiDio, principal analyst at Information Technology Intelligence Consulting.
“Given the sharp rise in phishing and ransomware attacks on state and local government public and private cloud networks over the past 15 months, it makes perfect sense for them to gain more control and oversight by bringing it in-house,” she says.
Nebraska Consolidates IT Environments, Shifts to Private Cloud
Nebraska had fragmented, siloed IT environments, and leaders sought to reduce costs and duplication, and build efficiency by centralizing agencies’ infrastructures. Before they knew it, however, they were providing private cloud services to much of the state.
“We didn’t lay out this plan. We had an 18-month plan to consolidate 22 agencies, and it just took off,” Toner explains. “When you have low costs, high availability, and you beat your public competitors, it’s a no-brainer.”
Toner’s team had been managing 6,000 square feet of data closets that they were able to virtualize and bring into a central data center. They now manage 84 percent of the counties in the state.