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Dell EMC Federal’s Steve Harris on Multicloud Approach, Cloud Smart Strategy

Steve Harris

Steve Harris, senior vice president and general manager for Dell EMC’s federal business and a 2019 Wash100 winner, wrote in a Nextgov article published Tuesday that adopting a multicloud approach could help federal agencies achieve flexibility in infrastructure and reduce technical debt.

Harris discussed how a multicloud environment supports the Cloud Smart strategy, which focuses on security, procurement and workforce areas to facilitate cloud adoption.

“A multicloud strategy takes into account the distinctive security levels for each specific workload,” Harris said. “For example, deciding that certain sensitive information can stay on-premises, while public-facing information could be hosted off-premises.”

When it comes to procurement, he noted that the Cloud Smart strategy suggests agencies to purchase platforms that achieve mission success based on policy limitations, technical requirements and current needs.

Harris said agencies should provide their workforce with proper training as they move to the cloud and come up with a long-term plan to manage potential fluctuations in workload.

He also discussed how a hybrid cloud platform could help agencies “reduce the amount of application re-platforming and redesign otherwise required to migrate applications on-premises, to edge locations, or across multiple public clouds.”

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