The federal government’s transition to the cloud, which began with the Obama administration’s “Cloud First” policy in 2011, is poised to reach new levels of growth this year. Federal agencies of all sizes have embraced cloud computing to provide IT services and reduce the need for large-scale, traditional IT infrastructure investments.
As of last count, 96 cloud service platforms have been certified to do business with the government and another 81 are working toward achieving that certification, according to the government’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).
Many view the accelerating pace of cloud adoption in the government as a positive sign that IT modernization efforts and digital transformation are gaining real traction.
But as data and applications operate across a growing array of cloud services, agency IT officials find themselves facing a new set of challenges, that if left unaddressed, could lead to the same kinds of inefficiencies they were hoping to overcome by moving to the cloud in the first place.
One of the fundamental pitfalls in moving to the cloud that government IT managers and senior decision makers need to avoid is the relative inability for users to access information and applications easily and securely across multiple cloud-based solutions.
A key step that federal agencies can take to operate across multiple clouds more efficiently is by leveraging the power of an enterprise-wide application delivery controller, according to a new special report underwritten by Citrix.
In the special report, federal agencies will learn:
How an application delivery controller streamlines cloud adoption. An ADC can quickly and easily deploy applications, and the policies that need to go with them, wherever they need to reside — whether it’s in a physical data center, in the cloud or in a containerized environment.
How ADC standardization improves security. There have been many examples where agencies have deployed specific cloud solutions only to discover that the vendor at the other end could not support key public-sector security standards, such as smart card authentication, encryption or data isolation.
The benefits of end-to-end visibility. Key to Citrix’s analytics capabilities is the fact that it’s widely-used NetScaler platform provides a unique visibility on what’s happening on the client side, the networking side, the back end and the cloud.
Making digital workspaces more secure. Agencies have been chasing the “work from any device and any location” paradigm for years. But Citrix takes this to a new level with the secure digital workspace — an end-to-end capability that gives users IT managers one central location to manage everything.
Download the special report, entitled, “Remove the multi-cloud barriers to your agency’s digital transformation” to read how federal agencies can operate across multiple clouds more efficiently.