For many government agencies, the struggle to take advantage of the public cloud, while managing on premises, mission-critical applications, can be daunting. In addition, many legacy systems started as Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) products, but were heavily modified, and fall short on meeting government’s broad needs.
This creates the question: how can agencies deploy applications in the cloud when considering downtime, compatibility, integration, security and budgets?
According to a recent Oracle Public Sector blog post, the answer is “Lifting & Shifting,” which means moving applications to the cloud via Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).
William Sanders, Director of Technology Strategy & Business Development for Oracle Public Sector, states the following benefits of this approach:
- Experience the benefits of the cloud without having to attract new employee skill sets.
- Increase efficiency without losing the functionality government constituents have come to expect.
- Improve efficiencies as compared to moving to SaaS, which can be laborious, time-consuming and difficult to heavily configure or customize.
- Reduce the datacenter footprint and potentially eliminate on-premises datacenter.
The key point he highlights is that this approach allows agencies to quickly increase efficiency without losing the functionality and responsiveness constituents have come to expect. This ultimately allows government to provide real value, rather than just “keeping the lights on.”