The United States government is starting to take its own technology infrastructure more seriously, increasing its focus on security and efficiency by moving away from outdated IT systems. Next year, the federal technology budget could increase by up to $1.6 billion, to a total of $95.7 billion a year. The U.S. government plans to move agencies off of legacy IT systems that are eating up budgets, and onto more secure, cloud-based systems.
According to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, “aging legacy systems may pose efficiency and mission risk issues, such as ever-rising costs to maintain and an inability to meet current or expected mission requirements. Legacy systems may also operate with known security vulnerabilities that are either technically difficult or prohibitively expensive to address, and thus may hinder agencies’ ability to comply with critical statutory and policy cybersecurity requirements.”
The U.S. government has already seen some success in updating its IT infrastructure. A few years ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration migrated to cloud email, and within six months was able to decommission its legacy servers. Since then, this has saved the government an estimated $3.1 million a year.
Moving to cloud-based collaboration solutions could eventually save the government billions of dollars a year, but how do these highly sensitive departments manage their migrations while ensuring secure, uninterrupted service?
Government organizations rely on a hybrid-cloud approach. This entails keeping some systems and data on-premises, while expanding the workloads that each individual department feels confident in moving to the cloud. This allows departments to reap the benefits of modernized applications while minimizing impact on operations and security measures. A hybrid-cloud approach provides flexibility as governmental departments move off of legacy systems.
As the U.S. government moves off of legacy IT systems and increases its reliance on cloud computing, GSX is the sole vendor delivering the visibility needed within complex deployment of hybrid cloud environments, focused on providing precise insights into performance and end-user experience.