Trying to manage and secure trillions of data points gathered from myriad and disparate sources is challenging. Attempting to do so on an outdated, disjointed IT infrastructure can make that challenge almost insurmountable. The Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies can overcome challenges created by outdated IT systems with a next-generation solution that goes beyond traditional hyperconverged infrastructure to modern, flexible and cost-effective hybrid cloud infrastructure that enables employees to do their jobs more effectively and without constraints. In fact, only a hybrid cloud infrastructure that builds on traditional hyperconverged design principles and adds capabilities that span clouds allows for a true hybrid cloud experience to deliver a user experience that transcends location, where a private cloud essentially becomes another resource just like the biggest public clouds.
A GovLoop/NetApp report, Hybrid Cloud: The Gateway to More Modern IT Infrastructure in DoD, outlines how implementing a hybrid cloud infrastructure will allow federal agencies to converge services and operations between multiple clouds, both public and private, and consolidate workloads without cutting off resources and stifling application performance.
Currently, the DoD operates with multiple clouds that are disparate and disjointed, but it has laid out a vision to leverage the benefits of multi-cloud and a multi-vendor environment that will allow for sharing of intelligence data to protect warfighters and help the department meet its mission-critical goals.
Rob Gordon, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Infrastructure at NetApp, shares how DoD can avoid the pitfalls that some early hyperconverged infrastructure adopters faced and how hybrid cloud infrastructure can integrate with its current and future solutions.
“With hybrid cloud, the department can have a system that’s self-contained,” Gordon said in the report. “This means users will have one point of contact to go to, and the solution does not require multiple types of engineers. It’s easy to run, easy to maintain, and easy to upgrade.”
Taking this approach requires a solid strategic plan, however. For example, when hyperconverged infrastructure first came on the scene, some early adopters stood up separate instances, thereby creating even more silos across their IT environments. Now, however, agencies are educating themselves on the benefits and capabilities of next-generation hybrid cloud infrastructure, which include frictionless consumption, self-service, automation, programmable APIs, and infrastructure independence. To make sure they are taking advantage of these benefits and others, here are five best practices to keep in mind:
- Find a solution that is standardized and easy to deploy.
- Don’t buy a solution that only solves one-off issues.
- Apply controls to your hybrid cloud infrastructure.
- Choose a solution that meets current and future needs.
- Collaborate with a trusted partner.
By embracing solutions like hybrid cloud infrastructure, IT organizations can transform their data center, driving operational efficiencies, reducing costs, and integrating cloud capabilities with their existing IT investments. This next-generation infrastructure should be a key consideration as federal agencies seek to unleash agility and latent abilities in their own organizations, as well as to modernize, simplify management of applications, and provide better access to data.
Access the full report here.