Federal Agencies’ Multi-Cloud Roadmap

Federal Agencies’ Multi-Cloud Roadmap

The federal government was moving toward change with its Cloud Smart and transformation mandates even before the worldwide pandemic put governmental resiliency to the test. However, there is still much more work to be done: The Government Accountability Office has identified ten systems, ranging in age from 8 to more than 50 years old, that cost $337 million to operate and maintain each year. These systems also have known security weaknesses, according to the GAO.

A hybrid environment with many clouds, an increasing number of users, and countless internet-of-things devices connected to the network will almost certainly be encountered by an organization. The difficulty with the ever-present workforce and skills scarcity can make it all seem overwhelming as complexity develops, speeds slow, and compliance becomes a challenge.

Choosing a cloud provider, on the other hand, does not have to be a zero-sum game. Choosing one supplier does not rule out the possibility of using another. The government is changing to a multi-cloud mindset, with the demise of the Defense Department’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure and the development of Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability. Agencies can choose cloud providers that are ideal for their data and apps.

A multi-cloud strategy can help with this. A solid multi-cloud strategy gives you a single set of management tools to manage everything. Teams should use such tools to ensure that their cloud configurations and rules are consistent across all applications and environments. Agencies may have consistent cross-cloud governance and compliance using a platform that delivers a single set of tools across the infrastructure. They can better track spending, manage services, and reduce security threats as a result.

Savings that are obvious

Multi-cloud management tools ensure that each hyperscale provider follows the same operational model. They also allow agencies the freedom to choose and on-ramp the right cloud for a given service based on FedRAMP authorization levels or Department of Defense Impact Level certifications, for example. This can be accomplished with the least amount of disruption to operations and applications.

Agencies obtain real-time visibility into all instances, allowing them to quickly identify and resolve problems. Instead of defining distinct security policies for each cloud instance, an agency can analyze risk, troubleshoot, and manage compliance for all clouds at once if it runs three or four different cloud instances.

However, a multi-cloud platform’s primary benefit is easier management. Participating organizations that implemented a holistic multi-cloud strategy gained considerably, according to a Forrester Total Economic Impact research commissioned by VMware. According to Forrester, research participants saved an average of $1.2 million by reducing worker hours for operations. Eliminating physical servers and networking hardware, as well as simplifying operating models, resulted in a lower requirement for operations people, resulting in a $1.4 million decrease in data center running costs.

Improved security and a lower risk of business disruption were two more benefits that could not be measured. The risk of company disruption was lowered by having more secure and responsive cloud-based disaster recovery operations.

Another advantage of multi-cloud is that it can cut the time business takes to migrate to the cloud from years to months, according to Forrester. Developers can design and deploy applications faster without compromising security thanks to ready access to security-compliant infrastructure and app libraries. Finally, participants reported a 351 percent three-year ROI, with 44 percent reduced operations, according to findings from an IDC study commissioned by VMware.

Multi-cloud enables agencies to reap the benefits of the cloud while avoiding its drawbacks. Agencies benefit from a cloud infrastructure that is adaptable, scalable, and continually evolving, avoiding unnecessary complexity, cost, and security threats. Cloud technology becomes what it should be, the optimal approach to develop infrastructure, thanks to multi-cloud, which provides cross-cloud services for all applications.

Source: https://www.nextgov.com/ideas/2021/12/multi-cloud-roadmap-federal-agencies/360012/