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SolarWinds’ Brandon Shopp: Agencies Should Consider Visibility, Strategic Partnerships for Multicloud Strategy

Brandon Shopp, group vice president for product at SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), said government agencies that are moving to a hybrid information technology environment to support employees working in the office and those doing remote work should come up with a comprehensive multicloud management strategy and should start with having the right visibility tools in place.

“Agencies must make sure they have the appropriate visibility across multi-cloud environments and on-premises systems so they can understand and manage all aspects of their IT systems,” Shopp wrote.

“This includes controlling costs and decommissioning purpose-built cloud resources when they are no longer needed,” he added.

Shopp called on agencies to update their technology and review best practices, procedures, baselines and policies more often than they have in the past to keep up with rapid technology advances and advised them to look for a technical platform that would provide them the flexibility to meet future requirements.

He noted that agencies should look for strategic partners that could develop long-term platforms.

“They should ask companies about their roadmaps and how they intend to continue innovating. As agencies consider their own IT roadmaps and long-range transformation goals, they need to make sure their cloud providers will grow along with them,” Shopp added.

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