Multi-cloud is the answer: Here’s how to make the most of it

Cloud adoption has been a top priority for the government since the introduction of the Cloud First policy in 2010, an objective that was reaffirmed with the updated Cloud Smart Strategy this June. Its value is clear—cloud technology supports federal IT modernization, reduces millions of dollars of federal technical debt and increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the warfighter and citizens.


Yet government is still evolving its approach to the cloud. Single-vendor hosted cloud initiatives have raised concerns about vendor lock-in and their potential to stifle innovation. In fact, a recent House Appropriations Committee report recommended agencies look at the CIA’s move to pursue a multi-vendor, multi-cloud approach, a decision made to increase access to cloud innovation and benefits. The report encouraged the Defense Department to consider lessons learned from the CIA’s cloud experience as they expand their investment in the cloud. As a result of single-vendor concern, we are seeing a move toward multi-cloud.

The interest in multi-cloud illustrates government’s growing understanding that cloud is not a destination, but an operating model that supports long-term modernization goals and mission needs. Agency IT leaders are echoing this sentiment, publicly expressing support for strategies that answer important questions about security, scalability, agility and readiness for emerging technologies. Multi-cloud approaches encompass cloud solutions that include a combination of clouds hosted on premises, in public clouds and at the edge.



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