The growth of applications hosted in the cloud creates opportunities and challenges for government agencies that must now deploy and manage a wide portfolio of applications in multi-cloud environments. Learn more we detail why moving applications to the cloud, and assessing the best type of cloud for each application, will go a long way toward helping agencies reduce costs, improve security and operate more efficiently.
Government entities are becoming savvier about moving to the cloud. Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach, agencies have come to realize that different kinds of clouds are appropriate for different kinds of applications. According to Nextgov, this is a primary reason for the growth of hybrid cloud deployments.
The benefits of relocating applications to the cloud are numerous. The opportunity to cut costs, reallocate budgets and scale in response to user needs is invaluable for government agencies grappling with budget limitations.
According to GCN, it’s prudent to base cloud selection on the most relevant features for a particular application. With that in mind, a combination of public and private clouds offers agencies the best of both worlds. They can store data and applications in private clouds while moving applications such as public-facing websites that do not gather citizen information to public clouds, thus benefiting from the cost savings offered by hosted providers.
Due to the public nature of the data held by government agencies, their applications will likely face constant cybersecurity threat. That said, these entities and cloud providers share responsibility when it comes to security. In fact, a common shared responsibility model we’re seeing involves cloud providers being responsible for infrastructure security while agencies focus on securing their applications and data.
Public-sector entities stand to benefit greatly from a move to the cloud. MDL Technology can help these agencies, no matter their size or scope, identify the optimal solutions for their applications, helping them better serve the public with improved service and lower operating costs.