Optimizing the Hybrid Cloud for State and Local Government

Today’s state and local government agencies must deliver new and innovative public services with smaller budgets, scarce resources and shrinking workforces. To accomplish this, many are turning to cloud computing for its cost efficiencies, flexibility and reduced deployment time. After all, the cloud promises to help government agencies get more work done without the need for high-priced infrastructure or hard-to-find IT talent.

 

But not all cloud computing models are created equal. Private cloud services can be costly to manage, and often require larger upfront capital expenditures. On the other hand, public cloud services can contribute to vendor lock-in, making it difficult for agencies to take advantage of new features or pricing promotions offered by competing cloud service providers.

 

Because of this, government leaders are increasingly gravitating to the hybrid cloud, which can offer the best of both the private and public clouds. According to a Center for Digital Government (CDG) survey, 41 percent of respondents said the hybrid cloud was the best fit for their agency compared to public (27%) and private (23%). However, despite its benefits, the hybrid cloud can create challenges for government agencies as well. For those that learn how to address these challenges, the rewards of the hybrid cloud are plentiful, including maximum cost efficiency, scalability and flexibility.

 

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Agencies looking to reap real value from their hybrid cloud must incorporate a few key best practices. Download the full issue brief at GovDataDownload for best practices that can help state and local governments accelerate, optimize and control their hybrid cloud.

 

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