In June of this year, more than a dozen government and private sector IT leaders met to discuss how the United States government could make good on President Obama’s “cloud first” IT strategy. Wyatt Kash of FedScoop was at the meet and put together a list of the top six priorities the anonymous IT leaders recommended for federal agencies to keep in mind when considering their IT environments and how cloud will fit in.
I was at the event representing SimpliVity. Also at the event was SimpliVity partner and leading IT solutions provider for the federal government, DLT Solutions. Over lunch, the group of us brainstormed the steps federal agencies should take to make cloud work in government. The cloud adoption rate is, at the government level, still “underwhelming” as Kash said in his write-up of the event. This all despite that President Obama employed his “cloud first” IT strategy more than five years ago.
A common recommendation throughout the discussion of how to move to the cloud was to start small and take the transition to cloud slowly by first simplifying the IT infrastructure, and then building out business projects from there. The recommendation of simplifying datacenter is one I agree with completely. In fact, I was able to address the group and inform them on how to simplify IT in a cost-effective manner that can standalone or be integrated with cloud services.
To enable a simple datacenter infrastructure, I suggested federal agencies take a look at hyperconverged infrastructure. Starting small with cloud and focusing on business initiatives can be accomplished by taking steps towards cloud internally by leveraging simplified infrastructure, like hyperconvergence. This would allow agencies to focus on the transformation of processes and internal organizations by simplifying the infrastructure so that they no longer have to worry about the day-to-day operations and can instead focus on the strategic outcomes they would like to achieve. Instead of requiring 80% of an organization’s time to manage the day-to-day work and only 20% of their time on strategic outcomes, they can shift those numbers to an 80% focus on strategic outcomes and 20% investment on day-to-day regular upkeep and maintenance activities.
Although a company’s experience with hyperconverged infrastructure may start in its initial move to the cloud, it doesn’t have to end there. SimpliVity converges all IT infrastructure below the hypervisor to massively simplify the data center, but we also do so much more than that. Our OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform provides businesses with global unified management, accelerated data efficiency, and built-in data protection. By doing so, we are able to deliver enterprise-class performance, protection, and resiliency. Along with this enterprise-grade functionality, we also deliver capabilities that are often characterized as hallmarks of the cloud, such as agility, flexibility, and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO). Also, with SimpliVity’s Cloud Solution Provider program and the industry’s most prevalent cloud orchestration software SimpliVity makes, the transition to a true hybrid cloud is very easy for any organization.
In fact, according to a recent report from Evaluator Group, SimpliVity actually has greater cost benefits than the cloud over the course of a three-year TCO evaluation. The study, which compared SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure with leading cloud computing provider Amazon Web Services (AWS), found that SimpliVity offered an up to 49% three-year TCO savings over AWS.
With federal agencies continuing to struggle to implement cloud on an agency-wide scale, there is still room for improvement. Taking the transition slowly and focusing on business innovation and simplification will only lead to good things for IT teams.