Doing more with less is a concept with which the public sector is all too familiar. Between growing demands for more innovative IT technology and simultaneously shrinking budgets, doing more with less can be a tall order, especially in an age where IT modernization is a top priority. Finding the right blend of technologies that address concerns like security, compliance, and citizen expectations has pushed government agencies to become creative in their IT infrastructures. Embracing hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is one way that the public sector is tackling those challenges.
To better understand the benefits of HCI in the government, the GovDataDownload team took a closer look at HCI through the lens of a public sector partner with a recent report from Force 3 and GovLoop titled “Addressing IT Compliance and Complexity with Hyperconverged Infrastructure.” This report leverages insights from Force 3’s network engineers about how HCI is being applied in government agencies and what best practices correspond to its adoption.
In the report’s introduction, they break down the concept of HCI and why the next generation of it is so revolutionary for the public sector: “Think of HCI as a private ‘cloud in a box,’ or a turnkey solution for a private cloud deployment—but without the hassle of building the infrastructure from scratch. As a result, HCI is a smart approach to meet the federal government’s cloud-first mandate while ensuring that an agency’s data remains in its own data center.”
The report summarizes the main problem currently facing the government as such: “Agencies today have a growing infrastructure. They’ve got more boxes to manage, and they don’t necessarily have the head count to go along with that. This ultimately means they’ve got more boxes per administrator that need to be handled and made compliant.” The report calls on agencies to employ solutions that reduce the complexity of this growing infrastructure in order to gain more capability from their already strapped IT staff. Enter HCI.
The report then delves into HCI implementation best practices and use cases demonstrating the technology’s usefulness to federal agencies. A few of the best practices and use cases outlined include:
- Ask yourself if the loading balance is adequate – “Are there any hardware requirements, or can you run this on any hardware that you bring?”
- Ask the right questions of your vendor – “What flexibility does the solution provide? Can you run multiple hypervisors on the same platform?” etc.
- Cloud Transition – “The latest HCI solutions ease your move to the cloud and help you deliver reliable services to end users — without making a large investment in staff or technology.”
- Regulatory Compliance – “Your agency’s IT infrastructure must comply with numerous laws and regulations governing everything from data security to performance levels. Yet 49 percent of government agencies say that outdated systems don’t meet their current performance requirements. Meanwhile, 38 percent worry about poor end user experiences…An enterprise-scale HCI solution makes it easier for you to meet your performance, technology and security standards.”
You can read more from Force 3 and GovLoop about how HCI is transforming the way that the public sector manages their IT strategy in the full report here.