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Don Turner: 7 Reasons Federal Agencies are Migrating to the Cloud

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Avaya Logo_ExecutiveBizRecently, U.S. federal government agencies have been migrating their legacy systems to the cloud in order to reduce costs, increase productivity and streamline processes, according to an article written by Don Turner of Avaya Government Solutions.

He says the cloud resonates with today“™s budget-strapped federal agencies such as the Departments of Interior, Agriculture and Veterans Affairs to Homeland Security and Defense.

In the article, Turner focuses on seven factors which he believes are fueling demand for cloud solutions.

1:  A Realignment of Policies 

The federal government has supported the adoption of the cloud by requiring agencies to employ cloud offerings whenever a secure, reliable and cost-effective option is available.

“The intent is to drive down costs, improve agility and scalability, spur innovation in the use of collaboration, social media and mobility, and empower federal workers with the same types of technology they commonly use at home,” Turner said. 

Also, security policies such as the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program provides a standardized approach for solution approval.     

2: Continuity of Service

Turner then touches on how the cloud provides government workers with access to necessary files regardless of the location of the user.

This also includes emergency situations when natural disasters might disrupt the work of an agency but employees can continue to work from a disaster recovery facility or from home.

3: Infrastructure Deployment Timelines

According to the article, with a centralized cloud solution delivered as a service, agencies with aging infrastructure can quickly transform their operations and improve performance with little capital expenditure while adding desktop video, mobility applications and other new features.

4: The Bring Your Own Device Benefit

Cloud solutions can be accessed through a browser interface from any device, regardless of the operating system involved.

However, premises-based solutions are usually tied to specific applications and operating systems, making interoperability with BYOD difficult.

As BYOD becomes more widespread, workers will want the flexibility to use their devices to do work through the cloud.

5: Infrastructure Migration Benefits

With the migration to the cloud, agencies don’t have to go without a system while new infrastructure is brought online and tweaked for optimal performance like a traditional premises system, according to Turner.

Instead, cloud systems can be layered on top of an existing infrastructure to provide new functionalities immediately.

6: Flexibility

Staffing levels in government can fluctuate and fixed infrastructure can mean capabilities are overbuilt during periods of belt-tightening or shifting priorities.

Cloud offerings resolve the dilemma by providing the flexibility to respond to shifting needs because agencies can add or drop seat licenses to accommodate current staffing levels.

7: Management Complexity

With the centralized nature of cloud computing, the systems are easier to manage than premises-based application, according to to Turner.

He says setting up new users, applying patches and installing new features is easier because it can be done, then distributed agency-wide.

Expect Momentum to Build

Turner says that because of the reasons listed above expect the adoption of cloud-based hosted and managed services to grow among government agencies and departments of all sizes.

Avaya estimates that a move to the cloud can save the average federal organization 25 percent of its communications budget over a three-year period.

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Written by David J. Barton

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