Having an open, safe and efficient digital administration is the new objective of every Government these years. Although the recent pandemic may have hampered any master plan for system evolution and optimization, there is still some hope. The hybrid Cloud reaches the public sector, among other advances. We’ll tell you all about it in our blog!
The pandemic strengthens the hybrid cloud in the public sector
“The Cloud”, that abstract fantasy, has made possible large-scale government teleworking (so much so that “IDC ensures that 74% of government organizations worldwide will switch to remote work in the future”), in addition to giving institutions the opportunity to test new applications and experiment with them. Being the advantages of scalability and the safety benefits the first objectives.
The public sector, like so many others, got down to work when the shackles of Covid-19 fell on them. Like concert halls or gyms, they had to get reinvented, and soon after new online platforms arrived and heavy investments were made in Artificial Intelligence, Cloud-based management systems and other transformative solutions that give a break to organisms collapsed by difficult conditions. In fact, IDC Research Spain has confirmed that “40% of the public sector already works in a hybrid cloud environment compared to 90% of private companies”. This shows, indeed, that Public Administrations are heading towards new models.
The Hybrid Cloud in the public sector
So, we can say that damn Covid-19 accelerated not only masks sales, but also the adaptation of the most cutting-edge technologies to governments. They were suddenly aware, for example, as we say, of the possibilities of the Hybrid Cloud. Due, of course, to the rising popularity of hybrid IT environments; that although we know that they can be difficult to manage at high scale, and that they require specific capacities, they will always be welcome from now on.
What caused the skepticism regarding Hybrid Cloud in the public sector? Well, surely it was because the governmental institutions throughout the planet faced several and notorious obstacles related to the subject. Ensuring a high-performance infrastructure is no easy task, for example. Certain types of traditional monitoring technologies do not work in such heterogeneous ecosystems. In addition, sometimes, the speed at which some tools are deployed in the Cloud can lead to security problems.
Optimize Hybrid Cloud Management in the public sector
But is it all over? Do governments have nothing to say in the face of these “different and notorious obstacles”? Relax, as the highest paid coaches and cartoon heroes show us, there is always hope, even to optimizehybrid Cloud management in the public sector.
A new approach
From Pandora FMS, a company devoted to delivering the best monitoring software in the world, we tell you: NOT ALL MONITORING TECHNOLOGIES WORK THE SAME.. Many are either designed for local data centers or for the Cloud, but not both. This is where lots of improvements can be made and IT experts must intervene, especially to prioritize a plan for monitoring hybrid environments. Always with a vision of the general state of the systems, the performance and the security of the network, the databases, the applications, etc. It seems that no one had the time or the necessary skills for this task, which ends up exposing organizations, especially regarding security.
The hybrid network
After being aware that investing time and efforts in Cloud services is necessary, the idea that connectivity and network performance are a key factor will come hand in hand, at least to guarantee the provision of quality services.
So we must address issues such as network latency, increased cloud traffic, interruption prevention, and any other problem, before they affect us and the end user.
It goes without saying that Software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) technologies play an obvious role in hybrid technologies and can help simplify network management tasks and avoid network overload.
Beware of identity and access control
No, it is not crazy to monitor who has access to what. We do it here and call it “Standard Security Practice”. However, when everything becomes a hodgepodge of employees/users/everyone having access, and you interact with data from a large number of sources, things get a bit complicated.
Indeed, rushing is not good at all, and the implementation of the Cloud is wished right away, “immediately”, so access controls sometimes bear the brunt and remain a vulnerable point. So, you only have to take your chances on multi-factor authentication, as an improved official replacement for passwords for digital access.
Zero-trust frameworks, network segmentation, and new security practices for the provider are other healthy practices to better be safe than sorry and help protect the assets hosted in our hybrid environment.
New skills, new mindset
Big changes need small changes. The capabilities and skills that are necessary for managing the hybrid Cloud are far from those that are needed for a local infrastructure. The data center is already an abstraction of what it was and what IT teams know well. Technology is the future, but also the most current present, and if government institutions do not develop the adequate and necessary capacities to support such technology, there will be neither a well-managed hybrid cloud, nor anything to do in areas such as monitoring and security.
As we started saying, the global pandemic of Covid-19 has justified and potentiated the modernization of technology, and accelerated adaptation to the Cloud and IT environments, but there is still a long way to go for these services to be really used by institutions and their citizens. And this should be a priority, as well as its good performance, accessibility and security. At the appropriate time, supported by the necessary investment and work, I am sure the Cloud will reveal itself in all its splendor showing us its full potential.
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Dimas P.L., de la lejana y exótica Vega Baja, CasiMurcia, periodista, redactor, taumaturgo del contenido y campeón de espantar palomas en los parques. Actualmente resido en Madrid donde trabajo como paladín de la comunicación en Pandora FMS y periodista freelance cultural en cualquier medio que se ofrezca. También me vuelvo loco escribiendo y recitando por los círculos poéticos más profundos y oscuros de la ciudad.
Dimas P.L., from the distant and exotic Vega Baja, CasiMurcia, journalist, editor, thaumaturgist of content and champion of scaring pigeons in parks. I currently live in Madrid where I work as a communication champion in Pandora FMS and as a freelance cultural journalist in any media offered. I also go crazy writing and reciting in the deepest and darkest poetic circles of the city.