6 ways government organizations can benefit from cloud solutions

i2 COPLINK Product Manager, IBM

Governments are being hit by multiple disruptive shifts: urbanization, aging populations and the stresses of the global economy. Citizen demands are changing, accompanied by an increase in the frequency and severity of catastrophic events amid unfavorable and unstable economic conditions. Expectations have never been higher, and meeting them has never been harder. However, cloud is enabling changes in the government model including lower costs, more efficient data centers, greater reliability, expanded availability and increased overall productivity. Take a look at six ways government organizations can benefit from cloud solutions.

1. Speed, agility and scalability 

A cloud deployment model is fast and agile. Agencies do not have to procure and configure software and hardware, and they can expand or contract a cloud deployment as necessary. This resulting increase in productivity is accompanied by more efficient, rapid provisioning and superior workload management.

2. Security-rich and highly available

Data centers supporting enterprise cloud deployments provide the highest levels of security, along with redundancy of hardware and network systems, to ensure around-the-clock support. Decades of reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) innovation combine with capacity and backup on demand to satisfy cloud users' need for constant and consistent uptime.

3. Improved efficiency

Deploying applications on the cloud focuses on the use of the application while minimizing IT infrastructure and configuration requirements. More efficient data centers mean less power and cooling costs and decreased overhead for physical floor space needed to house assets, as well as fewer parts to manage and maintain.

4. Cost-optimized

Cloud models transfer costs from capital outlays with attendant depreciation considerations to the expense budget, which reflects actual usage to meet current needs. With this model, an organization can pay for only what it needs, minimize upgrade costs and reduce dedicated IT staffing.

5. Masked complexity

Complicated applications and configuration requirements are the domain of the cloud provider and no longer consume the agency users’ time and IT staff resources.

6. Ecosystem connectivity

Existing and expanded ecosystems of developers and partners can be readily accommodated with a cloud deployment without additional hardware or software considerations, which allows costs to be shared.

Governments worldwide have their own unique requirements for data residency and local content, so not all data can or should reside in the cloud. Hybrid implementations that separate data and software are often a very good solution. Pulling data from a disparate sources into a common view

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