Moving to the Cloud: A Rising Trend in Public Sector

Moving to the Cloud: A Rising Trend in Public Sector

Catalina Joseph, Gov CIO Outlook | Saturday, January 22, 2022

As the ever-changing landscape of technology continues to shift, there is an increased drive in local and regional government organizations to make a move to cloud computing. Like the private sector, the public sector is under continuous pressure to modernize, streamline and be at the forefront of their operations. There are several key cloud computing benefits that government and public sector organizations are looking to tap into. So here are some of the reasons why public sector bodies should make their move to the cloud.

• High Availability

Through the migration to an online solution stored in the cloud, local and regional government organizations will benefit from the high availability of a chosen solution. As long as one has an available internet connection through a certified browser, the platform will be available to the staff members. This enables staff to work from anywhere provided they have a secure connection. Offering staff the ability to work remotely has a significant positive impact on work/life balance and flexibility.

• Increased Security

On-premise solutions can be less secure than cloud-based applications. Let there be any major damage or security threats to the data center; all the data will be safe. Every data is backed up in another data center. This increases the security and availability of the data in the event of a major disaster. Security and data security seems to be the major reason why local government organizations are active to make a move to the cloud.

• Reduced Maintenance Cost

By allowing the cloud to host and run applications rather than keeping them on-premise, the maintenance costs decrease. If everything is moved to the cloud, then there is no need to maintain a server. This reduces energy costs, costs incurred to repair any breakages and costs associated with new hardware. Government buildings will also have more space in the office as a result of removing on-premise platforms, plus additional space vacated by staffs who are working remotely. This significantly reduces the space required to operate and the carbon footprint.

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