If you’re plugged into tech news or just live for bureaucratic federal agency info, then you may have heard that this September the Federal Aviation Administration signed a $108 million, 10-year contract for cloud brokerage services. Not only that, but the FAA will use cloud broker services to pit Microsoft and Amazon Web Services against each other, a rare chance to see two major competitors in cloud computing go head to head for a major account.
The FAA transition also serves as a perfect model for how other agencies and enterprise clients can begin moving their Information Technology services to the cloud. Already, 35% of all IT services are delivered by the cloud, often with the aid of such cloud services brokers. The FAA performs an essential role in securing America’s infrastructure; the agency protects the country’s airspace and air traffic control centers. And if one of the most crucial agencies in the federal government now trusts cloud platforms for its data centers and IT services, then so can you.
In a statement, the FAA said:
“Being in the cloud will give the FAA on-demand, pay-per-use computing and data storage over a secure FTI [federal telecommunications infrastructure] connection…The FAA can now purchase IT as-a-service rather than buying expensive facilities and hardware that quickly becomes outdated. The agency will be able to keep up with industry standards and innovate on a much larger scale.”
That means the FAA will save taxpayers money while also increasing the efficiency of their computer networks. If we’re really lucky, the change might even help reduce delays on your upcoming flights, although you shouldn’t hold your breath.
The FAA will use cloud brokerage services to transition to a hybrid cloud network, contracting with Microsoft and Amazon for much of their digital needs. Not only will cloud brokerage services help negotiate the cheapest rates for the FAA (and taxpayers), but they can also help provide managed security services. The demand for such security services is shaping the future of the cloud industry. Even though the cloud is no less secure than other computer networks, many consumers believe that it is. That’s why the market for cloud-based security is projected to reach $8.71 billion by 2019.
The FAA won’t be the last major government agency to switch to the cloud. The U.S. government plans to cut data center and digital infrastructure spending by 30% by switching to the cloud, and the FAA transition is just the latest step in that plan. If you’re ready for a cloud migration blueprint, then contact cloud services brokers to take the first step.
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