Multicloud Facilitates Innovative Citizen Services
Multicloud use is the new normal for 77 percent of enterprises, and IDC predicts that by 2025, 55 percent of the Forbes Global 2000 companies will adopt multicloud platforms. But an ungainly mix of public and private clouds is not the answer. Cloud sprawl prevents public institutions from harnessing the value of data and providing innovative services to citizens. There must be a framework in place to determine the right cloud service model for each workload.
By adopting a well-planned multicloud strategy, organizations take advantage of public, private and edge clouds while enjoying the simplicity of integrated orchestration, automation and management. Using two or more clouds (at least one public and one private) with cloud-adjacent data access allows government agencies to perform various tasks and share workloads between each. Better utilization of cloud resources provides predictability, improves the speed of response to IT incidents and reduces downtime.
We call this approach multicloud by design. Organizations have the flexibility to place workloads exactly where they need to be without the risk of getting locked into one specific vendor. The clouds — public, private or even edge — remain separate entities with different purposes and advantages, but the same operating model connects them. Agencies improve costs, augment resources and benefit from scalable infrastructure.
Cloud Strategy Must Keep Focus on Cybersecurity
Security and risk management are top priorities for government IT leaders. In state and local governments, security must go beyond a provider’s commitment to adhere to guidelines. Security policies must run through the entire ecosystem. Public institutions are under a lot of scrutiny, as citizens expect their private information to be safe and secure.
A multicloud by design approach reduces risk by using a single automated cloud management platform for workloads across all clouds. Organizations control everything with a single point of view and curated security policies instead of having different systems and opportunities for breaches.
When it comes to backup and disaster recovery, having a consolidated approach ensures business continuity. Since there are fewer layers of programs and control points, it’s easier to make decisions in real time during cyber disasters. Teams can ensure that data and applications continue to be available, even if they are in transit through multiple networks and locations.
Save Time and Resources with a Strategic Approach
Using multicloud to modernize legacy systems frees up time and budget for governments. Delivering cloud services with a selection of service and deployment models continues to rank as a top 10 priority for 2023.
The flexibility to run applications anywhere allows state and local governments to improve their processing power, share large data sets and improve workload resources. In turn, agencies experience an increase in IT efficiency, storage capacity and bandwidth. Teams can focus on their core tasks and move forward with digital transformation projects, such as building solutions to analyze data from Internet of Things devices in support of smart cities and public safety.
The public’s expectations have never been higher for digital services. Adopting multicloud services to modernize legacy systems accelerates digital transformation, but success requires a strategic approach. It’s important to ask how technology can help governments achieve their goals, including speed, agility and cost optimization. Supporting states and citizens in the years to come depends on how organizations face these questions as a guide to deliver impact.