4 trends shaping government use of the cloud – GCN
4 trends shaping government use of the cloud
Five cloud providers have brought the most value to the government market in the past 12 months, according to a new study.
Avasant’s âGovernment Cloud Platforms 2021-2022 RadarView,â released on November 19, assessed 15 vendors based on product maturity, business adaptability, and future readiness. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft emerged as leaders, Google and IBM as innovators, and Oracle as disruptor.
The report identifies four trends shaping the market. The first is the growing compliance needs that are accelerating the move to the cloud. The cloud helps agencies manage sensitive workloads, such as those involving healthcare data, while meeting requirements. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used AWS GovCloud to manage sensitive data.
State and local governments are increasingly embracing the cloud to reduce IT and licensing costs, the report also notes. The cloud can help city councils manage and organize resources and foster communication and collaboration. This can help them securely store, analyze, and process sensitive business data, and they can more easily capture and process data from the Internet of Things and advanced computing, the report says.
For example, Chattanooga, Tennessee, used Google’s Government Cloud and Workspace to make documents, calendars, and forms readily available on all formats and devices, doubling productivity. The State of Maine government used Oracle Analytics Cloud to create a stand-alone data warehouse that gives executives real-time data access and the ability to create reports and dashboards.
The second trend is the emergence of cloud regions suitable for communities such as defense and intelligence. These regions can manage the level of sensitive data that these communities work with, and these users can turn to these isolated cloud resources to deploy workloads in a secure and compliant manner.
The third trend is the fact that convergence with emerging technologies is the engine of change.
âModern governments are striving to improve services by leveraging emerging technologies such as 5G networks, blockchain and advanced computing for greater speed, low latency and high availability of verifiable data to enable use cases such as congestion monitoring and smart waste management, âaccording to the report’s summary. âAdditionally, cloud platform providers help government agencies and departments streamline collaboration tools. “
Specifically, cloud-based blockchain is helping agencies move away from siled systems, while ensuring that any copy of the data will be available, verifiable, and trustworthy. The report points to the Department of Health and Social Services’ Accelerate application to manage contract billing. It uses blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and process automation.
Additionally, 5G enables agencies to send and receive information faster than other networks and with lower latency, and edge computing allows them to process at or near the data source, which reduces latency. The U.S. freight transportation system uses Verizon’s advanced multiple-access IT solution to improve supply chain efficiency and provide near real-time, end-to-end logistics controls, the report’s summary said.
Fourth, government cloud providers are expanding their influence by expanding into new regions and helping the public sector move to the cloud while maintaining governance and data sovereignty.
The move towards modernization, smart cities and the digital economy are pushing governments to upgrade their IT infrastructure, and the cloud is the best way to ensure data is easily and securely available, according to a statement from press about the report. In the past, stringent data sovereignty requirements often made it difficult for governments to adopt the cloud, but now providers are meeting the need by setting up data centers to employ local workers in countries where they are they plan to serve, the statement said.
âThe emergence of government cloud platforms is finally enabling governments to take advantage of the economic and technological benefits of the cloud. However, compliance in this area is still important, âsaid Henry Guapo, Avasant partner. âChoosing the right government cloud is imperative. “
Stephanie Kanowitz is a freelance writer based in Northern Virginia.