As more public sector agencies move towards digital transformation, they are looking to hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and the next generation data center (NGDC) to meet their needs. This year, NetApp launched a new HCI platform based on SolidFire all-flash arrays and Element OS quality-of-service software that addresses  the common limitations the first generation system did not answer.

HCI and the NGDC provide a flexible technology stack that has the agility, scalability, predictability, and automation to react to changing mission needs without risking normal operations. NGDC is advancing public sector agencies, allowing them the ability to scale-out, offering guaranteed performance, automated management, data assurance, and global efficiencies. Continue reading to find out more about how HCI and the NGDC are creating more efficient, scalable IT infrastructures for the public sector.

Hyper Converged Infrastructure Brings Scalability to Market

While the first generation hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions allowed for more efficient IT infrastructure management, they were not as flexible and scalable as needed. In response to this need, NetApp launched their own hyperconverged infrastructure based on SolidFire – promising to provide the scalability and flexibility public sector customers need to support their mission. We had the opportunity to sit down with Kirk Kern, the Chief Technology Officer with NetApp US Public Sector, for insights as to how this new solution will provide the agility to scale that customers are looking for. Read the story here.

HCI: Addressing Challenges and Solving Problems

As the year progressed and more details about NetApp’s HCI solution became available in advance of its launch in October, the solution was proven to be transformative, particularly for public sector organizations. At its core, HCI solves several key challenges that public sector organizations face when it comes to delivering on the mission and getting essential services to citizens. Most importantly, as Dan Giannascoli points out in a review of NetApp’s HCI solution on IronBow’s Tech Source, HCI takes “three core functions of a data center – compute, storage, and networking and server – and virtualizes them, creating a software-defined IT environment.” Read the full story here.

Designing the Next Generation Data Center

What does it take to design your agency’s next-generation data center? That was one of the questions we posed to readers earlier this year. In doing so, we realized we should first define what the next-generation data center is. A next-generation data center (NGDC) is a storage environment that uses software to virtualize, optimize and simplify data management. The software creates the basis for a Data Fabric making it possible to move data across different environments and put it to work in support of mission-critical activities. In a webinar hosted by FedScoop, Rob Gordon, SolidFire Federal CTO at NetApp, discussed some of the key elements to consider when building your NGDC. Read the full story here.

Is Your Data Center Prepared for Digital Transformation?

In a webinar earlier this year, experts from NetApp discussed the methods they are using to help agencies manage data more effectively through digital transformation. Being data-centric is no small undertaking. You need to know how users are generating data and how to access it – whether that means it’s on premise, in the cloud or that you’re taking a hybrid approach to data management and storage. Here are a few ways you can stay ahead in this new world of IT.