The imperative to meet high network-performance standards, manage costs and protect data is prompting governments to modernize their legacy systems and networks. Momentum is building within government agencies to address this challenge by migrating some operations to the public cloud. Seventy percent of state IT leaders expect their agency will invest in a combination of cloud models over the next three years, versus on-site, government run data centers.
The appeal of the public cloud is the easy access it provides to third-party hardware, software, servers and storage on a “pay only for what’s needed” basis. Since public cloud service providers (CSPs) — Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and others — can integrate with existing private networks, government agencies can improve, retire and replace portions of their IT systems to gain immediate network performance improvements.