The Challenge of Evolving Federal IT Infrastructures
Today’s U.S. federal agencies have a lot to handle when it comes to IT infrastructure decisions. Many struggle to navigate disruptive technologies and still-unfamiliar private/hybrid and public cloud landscapes. Some still grapple with a disparate mix of legacy, often-siloed, multivendor hardware. At the same time, others are being asked to meet stringent data/performance needs of critical, next-generation applications—including those based on IoT, AI and Machine Learning (ML).
Unlike their commercial peers, however, the challenges of federal IT teams tend to go a bit farther. Your agencies actions, even from an IT perspective, must also align with critical National objectives: Sometimes, to aid and protect citizens, to guard critical National interests, or to fulfill important fiduciary government roles.
For federal IT teams, this can mean adhering to various government mandates, such as the need to bolster IT security and block future, state-sponsored digital attacks. It also means adherence to Federal initiatives like the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) to further optimize and consolidate Federal data center operations or base closures.
In the midst of such competing federal priorities and mandates, your IT organization must make the best judgment call regarding infrastructure decisions. At times, this can include going to the heart of your infrastructure: With acquisitions of the right storage hardware and software to house your growing application data sets. It also means making good decisions about how best to secure and protect your data sets. And, it can mean determining how best to extend your data and applications from edge to core and, even, out to an increasingly multi-cloud world.