7 Reasons the UK public sector needs to think cloud, in fact, hybrid cloud.

In a recent webinar, we were joined by Steve Lawrence, UKCloud, Louise Fellows, VMware, and Ellie Huckle, techUK to discuss the importance of making the transformation to the cloud in a world transformed by COVID-19.

COVID-19 has increased the number of individuals working from home dramatically, pushing IT infrastructure to the limit. So public sector organisations need new IT solutions to enable them to work anywhere, on any application, in a secure way.

Enter hybrid-cloud.

During the webinar the panellists discussed 7 reasons why the public sector needs to consider adopting hybrid-cloud.

 1. Sprawling Network Estate

Sprawling network estates create many challenges, including high maintenance costs, insufficient use of resources and lots of technical debt. By using cloud, security risks can be reduced, maintenance costs can be cut, and on-site hardware becomes a thing of the past.

2. High Risk of Failure due to Ageing Hardware

Legacy IT is a huge investment that results in masses of technical debt. Failure to modernise your data storage can cause problems such as data loss and a lack of security. A journey can be strategised to help the migration to cloud, starting with the base formation all the way to the adoption.

3. Compliance and Regulatory Challenges

The changes wrought by COVID-19 has opened the eyes of many individuals to the availability and benefit of the digital world. To ensure security – data sovereignty, compliance, and regulatory issues need to be taken seriously. This is why UKCloud’s services are accredited by Cyber Essentials Plus, Cloud Security Alliance and UKAS Management Systems.

4. Datacentre Lease Renewal

Long-term leasing contracts are unnecessary with multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud, as they give you a flexible and secure storage option. Outsourcing frees up resources and creates a more efficient business operation which, in turn, improves efficiency and utilisation of assets.

5. Lack of Visibility across IT Estates

With the wide range of datacentres in operation, services often have data spread across a large area. This can be hard to track and control. With the help of UKCloud, diagnostics can be run to trace company data and organise and move it to improve visibility.

6. Lack of Skills and Resource

Complex legacy applications can take years to develop so it is important to develop a strategy for their migration to the cloud. Fortunately, our multi-cloud, multi-site, multi-classification platform, and our presence within the Crown Campus gives you all the cloud migration options you could possibly need.

7. Existing Reliance on Local Applications

The public sector can realise huge potential from moving their local applications to the cloud. Yet many are not in a format to be transferred to one of the hyperscale platforms. This is where hybrid cloud comes in – solutions such as UKCloud for VMware enables you to migrate applications designed in the age of virtualisation and traditional hosting into the cloud.

If you’d like to watch the full webinar on-demand, please click here: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/17330/433399