Yet hybrid cloud offers a way to move to the cloud gradually from a more secure, on-premises environment to a less expensive and more efficient public cloud environment, Flynn notes.
When it comes to public cloud, the survey found that the top high-level strategy considerations for state and local IT managers are security (86 percent), optimization and performance (83 percent), data stewardship and management (77 percent) and cost control (72 percent).
Flynn notes that more needs to be done at the state level to empower chief data officers to manage and secure data across environments. He notes that CDOs have been tasked with inventorying agencies’ data and systems and determining which should be more accessible and migrated to the cloud. That is a “huge job,” he says, and CDOs need to be work more closely with CIOs on those tasks.
Indeed, according to the report, as Johnston notes, only 39 percent of state and local respondents have evaluated data and applications as part of a strategy to better manage data in hybrid cloud environments.
State and local IT managers should consider turning to a trusted adviser from the private sector to help them assess cloud strategy and migration, Flynn says.
RELATED: Why cloud tools are the best way to transform government service delivery.
Overcoming Hurdles Related to Hybrid Cloud
The report makes three key recommendations for IT managers. One is to design a comprehensive data strategy as part of a hybrid cloud setup.
“Public sector IT managers agree managing and securing data across environments is the single biggest challenge of hybrid cloud,” the report states. “Before migrating, construct a future-focused strategy that allows you to see your data, make decisions based on it, and understand how much it costs.”
Another key recommendation is to home in on security, which is the top priority when moving to a hybrid cloud environment. “Secure systems by expanding continuous monitoring capabilities and improving consistency between on-premises and cloud security,” the report says.
Finally, the report advises partnering with a cloud specialist to help control costs and optimize performance: “Maximize your investments by collaborating with trusted partners and working with peers who have gone through the process.”