Red Hat’s Mark Bohannon: Agencies Should Implement Cloud Infrastructure Based on Mission Needs

Red Hat’s Mark Bohannon: Agencies Should Implement Cloud Infrastructure Based on Mission Needs
cloud IT

Mark Bohannon, vice president for government affairs at Red Hat, has said the U.S. government needs to implement agency-appropriate cloud environments and address issues with legacy systems to drive digital transformation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an opinion piece published Monday on FCW, Bohannon wrote that agencies have to be critical on choosing their cloud vendors based on factors such as mission objectives, ownership and location.

He said that agencies should consider hybrid cloud environments that will enable them to incorporate an information technology architecture that ensures workload portability while mitigating reliance on vendor-locked systems.

According to Bohannon, agencies must not launch modernization efforts for the sake of updating technologies and avoid developing government off-the-shelf technologies that require open-source or “zero-cost” software without guaranteed support.

“The reality is that in the long-term, to ensure we are better prepared, we must resist the temptation for the government to build its own technology solutions and …increase investment in commercial technologies that enable hybrid cloud,” said Bohannon.

"We are still at the beginning of digital transformation," he noted.

You may also be interested in...

SBIRS GEO-5 Satellite Lockheed Martin

Lockheed-Made SBIRS GEO-5 Satellite Set for Launch Next Year

Lockheed Martin has announced the launch readiness of an upcoming military space satellite designed to provide missile warning via infrared technology. The company said Wednesday its fifth Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite or SBIRS GEO-5 is set for flight in 2021, following the satellite's completion in October this year.


Parsons Announces New Products for Cloud Native Streaming

Parsons has unveiled a new series of cloud products designed to help government and commercial customers process large amounts of data while ensuring lesser infrastructure costs. The company said Wednesday it will offer cloud native stream platforms to deliver the scalability needed to maximize cloud resources.


Bitglass Gets FedRAMP OK for Secure Cloud Access Offering

Bitglass has earned a certification under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program for a platform developed to protect any interaction between devices, applications, on-premises resources, infrastructure and web destinations.