David Boland, senior director of product marketing at Wasabi Technologies, said cloud-based storage could enable government agencies to drive innovation by allowing their storage administrators to shift their focus from maintaining platforms on-site to doing more complex tasks.
Boland wrote that cloud-based storage is more secure than on-premises systems, which could be vulnerable to malicious behavior and incidents that impede physical access.
“Agencies can more readily meet compliance requirements by moving data off-site into specially designed, cloud-based data centers because the security of those centers has improved substantially since 2010, when the Cloud First policy was initiated,” he noted.
He discussed how the cloud has evolved from being enterprises’ main data storage option into one that can host live applications.
Boland said the transition from Cloud First to the Cloud Smart policy highlights the need for agencies to adopt multicloud platforms to reinforce on-premises systems and “cloud-based storage is often the easiest piece of the IT puzzle to outsource and is a good first step on that journey.”