Planning for the future: Is the public sector ready for the Cloud?

With practically every aspect of our day to day lives now reliant on an app or connected device, technology dependency is at an all-time high in 2017.

Commercial markets have utilised tech to enhance consumer activity and boost sales, but the time has now come for the public sector to improve efficiency and ease financial business strains, too.

Organisations, large and small, need to step up to the plate and urgently adapt to the Cloud age.

Within just 10 years, we have witnessed almost unthinkable innovation, whether it is social media, embedded technology or the rise of FinTech, as an industry example.

By 2020 – less than three years’ away – Gartner has predicted that there will be over a quarter of a  billion connected cars on the roads compared to today’s 30 million.

To demystify this figure, one connected car of the future will send 25 gigabytes of data to the cloud every hour. This is equal to streaming a dozen HD movies and exceeding the storage capacity of the average smartphone.

With this mass of data swirling around, the central question to ask is whether the public sector is ready, willing and able to cope with information surges which it may need to handle as a result.

And in addition to this, what does this all mean for their data centres, and how the public sector acts and interacts with them?

Planning for the future on this scale is not an easy feat for public sector bodies.

It may mean a complete overhaul of legacy systems, a revision of organisations’ attitudes to data, and a re-education for decision makers so they understand the mammoth scale of the change ahead. There is bound to be concern about making such sweeping changes, with all of that data and the safety of it, at stake.

Gone are the days when organisations only needed a single server or a server room, where internet based communication was just gearing up, or where power was cheaper, privacy was a reasonable assumption, and with hindsight, energy efficiency, regrettably, was not a priority.

It is because of these shifts that the Crown Hosting Framework was launched. By offering a flexible Framework as opposed to a locked in, rigid commercial arrangement, a public sector body can now have an agile and scalable home for the inevitable storming growth of its data.

Borne out of a joint venture with the Cabinet Office and Ark Data Centres, Crown Hosting is constantly working in parallel with government initiatives.

Data migrations already completed include large scale work for the Ministry of Defence and The Office of National Statistics as well as smaller projects like Derby City Council.

Right now, the main priority is facilitating the Government’s digital transition which means aiding organisations in migrating legacy systems, supporting the roadmap to virtualisation, keeping up with the ever-changing public sector data needs and rationalising businesses and sites.

By moving day to day operations to a digitised state, the public sector can confidently grow at the same pace as private sector businesses and reap the same rewards – increased employee productivity, improved user access to data and ensure its data is ready for the Cloud generation.

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