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Intersections and Innovation: The Case for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure in Government

Government agencies have historically adopted a ‘swim lane’ methodology to select, manage, and maintain information technologies to address ‘current state’ mission requirements. Now these technology lanes are intersecting, requiring new flexibility, tighter integration and interworking throughout the IT stack to allow agencies to be more agile and continually provide innovative services, improve efficiencies, and achieve new mission outcomes. This blog will explore these disruptive technology intersections to help agencies evolve their IT environments in a hyper-converged infrastructure strategy.

The Challenge of Digital Disruption

According to IDC, by 2025 the total amount of digital data created worldwide will reach 180 zettabytes, an astonishing jump from the 4.4 zettabytes of data individuals created in 2013. This form of digital transformation is challenging both private and public-sector organizations to think and act differently.

In this era of data-driven, digital disruption, government agencies are challenged to manage massive data growth of varying types, sizes, and formats. They must improve citizen engagement and employee interaction, and develop new services and capabilities, while keeping data secure, accessible, and actionable. White House initiatives, such as Cloud First and the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), are holding agencies accountable to improve scale, optimize services, and securely incorporate cloud computing technologies to be more agile and able to adapt to current and future needs. This backdrop of transformation is creating the need for government agencies to fundamentally shift from a traditional enterprise architecture approach—with siloed systems and applications—to an advanced, infrastructure strategy that is designed with co-engineered software and hardware, tightly integrated to work together from chip to application levels.

The Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Stack

The industry defines a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure as a system that is largely software-defined with tightly-integrated compute, storage, networking, and virtualization resources. However, this definition doesn’t go far enough. A truly Hyper-Converged Infrastructure stack is the convergence of compute, virtual machines, operating systems, database, applications, cloud computing, security, networking, servers, analytics, and storage in a single package with support from a single vendor.

By co-engineering and with tighter integration of software and hardware, a hyper-converged infrastructure stack enables government agencies to respond to fluctuating mission requirements, modernize, and consolidate data center infrastructure, while meeting demanding service level agreements. To advance agency cloud migration, the hyper-converged infrastructure stack should be based on the same on premise technologies as those in the cloud to give agencies the agility and flexibility to migrate applications to the cloud at their pace.

At a minimum, a truly hyper-converged infrastructure solution should provide the following:

  • Co-engineered, tightly integrated, software and hardware at all levels of the IT stack—reducing complexity and interoperability issues
  • Scalable data management, protection, and security wherever data is present at all levels of the stack
  • A virtualization-ready environment with highly efficient scalability and ability to facilitate the move of agency workloads and applications to the cloud
  • Agency innovation by allowing application Dev/Test to occur either on-premise or within the cloud
  • Flexibility to support evolving data-rich technologies and agency mission requirements (i.e. analytics, social media, Internet of Things, mobility)
  • Capital and operational expenditure cost savings resulting from streamlined acquisition, deployment, management, and support costs

The Next Step

Government agencies are faced with the unabated growth of data, the need to be more agile, and the real world challenges of intersecting IT swim lanes. By engineering and tightly integrating hardware and software together, Oracle’s Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Stack cuts through the complexity and provides agencies with strategic agility to support current and future user, operations, and mission requirements.

We look forward to discussing how your agency can benefit from becoming hyper-converged. And stay tuned for our next installment.

To learn more about Oracle’s Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Stack, please contact Amit Sharma at amitab.sharma@oracle.com. For more news, tips, and information about government technology, check out Oracle Public Sector’s Facebook page and Twitter handle.

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