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  • September 7, 2017

Lift and Shift Your Workloads to the Cloud

With Oracle PaaS and IaaS services achieving FedRAMP “In-Process” status – including Database Cloud Service and Java Cloud Service – I thought it would be a great time to highlight the benefits government agencies can realize by running each.

In many cases, agency legacy systems started as a Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) product, but have been heavily modified to perform specific government requirements. While Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products continue to gain popularity and functionality, they often fall short of meeting government’s broad needs.

Unfortunately, many government customers continue to struggle with what to do with their large, on premises, mission-critical applications when trying to take advantage of the promise of public cloud. Migrating and deploying these applications in the cloud can seem daunting when considering downtime, compatibility, integration, security and budgets.

So, given these challenges, what’s a Line of Business (LOB) leader or an agency Chief Information Officer (CIO) to do? The short answer is to explore “Lift & Shift” – moving applications to the cloud via Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

Here are some of the benefits coming from a Lift & Shift approach to modernization:  

  • 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

Contrary to popular belief, Lift & Shift to IaaS isn’t necessarily the best approach. While both offer the benefits outlined above, PaaS will likely provide agencies with a better total cost of ownership (TCO) for database and middleware services – including Java in the cloud.

As a result, government can expect lower operational expenses for patches, fixes and performing upgrades. This can come not only from increased efficiency and productivity of cloud services, but from decreased levels of effort to deploy and maintain them.

By successfully migrating workloads to the cloud through a Lift & Shift approach, agencies can quickly increase efficiency without losing the functionality and responsiveness constituents have come to expect – allowing government to provide real value, rather than just “keeping the lights on.”


About the Author

William Sanders is the Director of Technology Strategy & Business Development for Oracle Public Sector. Sanders previously served as the CIO for the Kansas Department of Labor, where he led a successful initiative to streamline the state’s unemployment claims process. Today, Sanders employs his government expertise to help IT professionals in federal, state and local government modernize through cloud strategies and services.


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