Governments: Four steps to cloud migration

October 18, 2018
Tim Lonsway
Vice President, SLED

The cloud offers a wide variety of new opportunities for government organizations.

These solutions can streamline project collaboration, improve interdepartmental communication, save time and resources, and ensure important data is safe from cyber attacks or incidents. CBTS, a proven IT solutions provider to government institutions, has created four steps to successfully migrate your government organization to the cloud.

Step 1: Get to know your cloud options

There are many options for a quality cloud provider. Every platform has its strengths, so it’s about finding the right fit for your team. No two groups are alike, and depending on your structure and workload, you may want to consider a hybrid cloud solution. A hybrid cloud environment uses a mix of on-premise solutions, IT providers, private cloud, and third-party public cloud partners.

With a CBTS cloud solution, your administration benefits from having access to:

  • World-class security, so you know your constituents’ information is protected.
  • Broad compliance, ensuring your sector’s standards and regulations are met.
  • Cost efficiencies, permitting you to remain within strict program budgets.
  • Flexibility and scalability, allowing your organization to evolve without restrictions.

Step 2: Assess your workloads, plan a cloud migration strategy

Every journey to the cloud is different. Your organization’s structure is unique and full of intricacies and nuances. Before beginning your transition to the cloud, take time to inventory your current workload and initiatives, and outline a cloud migration strategy that is tailored specifically to your group. An experienced cloud provider will walk you through the transition, and you can be confident that the experience will benefit your organization.

Step 3: Ensure sensitive data is secured

Moving your organization to the cloud is a great way to improve security, but there are some extra steps you should take to ensure that your data is protected. Many cloud providers have additional security features such as disaster recovery and data backup. These measures are important in order to secure and protect taxpayer information. Moving your backup recovery environments to the cloud is an essential part of the migration process. When you diversify where your data is stored, you help safeguard and protect sensitive information against cyber attacks or natural disasters.

Step 4: Partner with a trusted managed cloud provider

Cloud offers endless opportunities for your organization, but cloud effectiveness is not a given. As a government organization, you face certain challenges and have specific compliance and regulatory needs. You’ll need a cloud partner that understands this reality. Enlist a trusted cloud partner that has deep knowledge of the government sector. This will ensure a smooth and sustainable transition to the cloud.

CBTS has decades of experience partnering with the government sector on a variety of IT solutions. We offer a wide variety of managed cloud solutions, including managed cloud backup, disaster recovery as a service in the cloud, and more. When you partner with CBTS, you are working with a devoted cloud provider that is dedicated to making your government operations efficient, impactful, and secure.

Contact CBTS today to learn more about your public cloud options and learn how our experts can guide you on your journey to the cloud. To learn how your organization can address IT challenges with a CBTS cloud solution, download our free guide.


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