In today’s environment, government agencies know that a “cloud first” approach isn’t an option anymore; it’s a necessity. That said, many still struggle with understanding what that means for their existing IT infrastructure and how to most effectively go about implementing that approach.
In response to that struggle, Swish Data created a new solution brief titled, “Six Considerations for Building an Effective Cloud Strategy for Federal Agencies.” Below are three of these considerations that help guide government agencies along the right path when it comes to updating their approach to IT in a “cloud first” world.
Hybrid is here to stay. Agencies are adopting a “cloud first” approach as they modernize, which means that hybrid IT environments —combining legacy infrastructures and applications with virtual and cloud-based environments — will persist. To fully leverage these hybrid infrastructures, agencies should look for natural integration points to extend existing on-premises solutions into the cloud and integrate IT resources wherever they reside. Per Monty Deel, Swish Data CEO, “Our government clients who are investing in hybrid architectures, building integrated fabrics, and moving to mission-focused DevSecOps cultures are rapidly accelerating their value to the business.”
Building data fabrics across hybrid infrastructures will deliver seamless, consistent capabilities. A fabric is an architected set of services that ensures consistent delivery of capabilities, regardless of whether IT resources reside on-premises or in the cloud. Often a fabric will align with a Federal Enterprise Architecture Reference Model or cross-cutting capability such as security or performance.
A data fabric, for example, simplifies and integrates data management across one or multiple clouds and on-premises for improved data visibility and insights, data access and control, and data protection and security. “The adoption of fabrics facilitates end-to-end operational models with faster adoption, broader insights, tighter inter-departmental collaboration, better decisions, and requires less retraining,” according to Sean Applegate, Swish CTO.
Monitor and optimize your cloud for improved performance and lower costs. There are effective hybrid monitoring tools to do this that are simple and easy to use.
For example, NetApp Cloud Insights is designed specifically for today’s cloud-based infrastructure and deployment technologies and provides advanced analytics on the connections between resources within any cloud environment. It also connects traditional service and software-defined infrastructure layers to provide visibility into both traditional and modern application architectures. Bob Kerr, Swish COO, explains, “Teaming with innovative partners like NetApp, which work in all clouds used by our government clients, help us ensure our clients rapidly realize value and increase their operational velocity.”
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