As we look back at some of the most talked about trends in public sector IT, there are a few key innovations that stood out above the rest. Cloud, flash, converged infrastructure, and the next generation data center were the most talked about topics on GovDataDownload in 2016. Today we’ll take a look back at how we covered these defining trends and discuss their impact on public sector organizations.

What is a Next Generation Data Center?

Earlier this year, we had a chance to talk to Kirk Kern, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Public Sector at NetApp for an in-depth interview on what the next generation data center is. Kirk told us the next generation data center is a storage environment that uses software to virtualize, optimize and simplify data management. As agencies take advantage of these tools, he said, they may become more agile, and have the ability to create more powerful enterprise applications.  According to Kirk, software creates the basis for a Data Fabric making it simple to move data across different environments and put it to work in support of mission-critical activities. You can read the full interview with Kirk here.

More than Speed, Flash Delivers Economies of Size and Scale

In 2016, NetApp announced its acquisition of SolidFire, a leader in the all-flash storage industry. In an interview on GovDataDownload, we had the opportunity to sit down with Josh Atwell, Developer Advocate at SolidFire, to get some additional insights into the acquisition and how things have played out since then. During our chat, Josh dispelled the big myth around flash technology and told us that while speed and agility are without a doubt one of the biggest benefits of flash technology, it may also bring about economies of size and scale to agencies. Continue reading to find out how.

Hybrid Cloud Environments Dominate Government IT

At this year’s AWS Public Sector Summit, government agencies seemed to have finally reached consensus. For many, if not most of them, moving to a hybrid cloud infrastructure – a blend of public and private clouds – seems to offer the best mix of flexibility, agility, cost savings, control, and security. But all the advantages doesn’t mean it’s easy. Making the switch requires a lot of planning, tackling the government IT culture, and starting simple, the panelists said. A critical part of the planning process is considering where an agency’s data should be located. The panel discussed the practical aspects of the debate over what can be moved to the cloud and what needs to remain in-house. You find out more about what the AWS panelists said here.

What are the Benefits of a Converged Infrastructure for Public Sector?

This year legacy data centers slowly continued shutting down in order to meet the needs of the Federal Data Center Consolidation efforts. Many are instead looking to a converged infrastructure to meet their enterprise IT needs. But what is a converged infrastructure  and what are the benefits to the public sector? Earlier this year on GovDataDownload, we had the opportunity to sit down with Jeff Morrow, co-founder of IronBrick, to talk about the benefits of converged infrastructure and what functionalities to look for when purchasing  a solution. At the most basic level, converged infrastructure is the combination of servers, network, and storage in one optimized computing solution. But what else does it encompass? You can read the full interview with Jeff here.