Governments face increasing social and political pressure to provide greater returns for the limited resources that are put in their charge. Cloud computing offers both public and private institutions and organizations the means to employ their material, human, and financial resources in ways that will improve efficiencies on cost and effectiveness.
Government cloud computing includes a web of government services and activities that utilize a government data centre and other repositories of information to administer disparate programs, and allows for efficient transfer of knowledge from one agency to another without the bureaucratic delays and human error that were associated with the transfer of documents and information between agencies in the past.
Consolidated cloud services can be a great way for governments to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their departments. This includes governments at all levels including local, regional, and federal governments. A properly designed cloud system can allow for the programming freedom and database power to make a real difference in the quality of services provided. A cloud system will ensure agencies and bureaucracies’ ability to coordinate among themselves and provide the end-users, the citizens, the services that they expect and are entitled to.
Cloud computing supplied by a private company for government entities carries a lot of benefits; increased security is the number one benefit, both in the security of the data through the ongoing efforts of a dedicated IT team and in the physical security and redundant back-up systems that the host provides.
Operating a cloud will usually also involve dedicated servicers. These are an important part of the cyber security aspect of the operation. Dedicated servers are not subject to the programming that the host uses – dedicated servers ensure that your programming and yours alone will be present in the system. This enables you to have complete control over all security, programming and permissions issues.
Another benefit of using cloud computing is the level and sophistication of the support you will receive. Maintaining a large IT department can be expensive and quite draining on government resources. Using cloud computing services will enable you to outsource much of the logistical and administrative work needed to maintain a cloud network. This is not true of many services, but for areas that involve computer and IT specialization both corporations and governments can save money and run their IT and cloud systems more efficiently with an approved company.
Using a dedicated IT, server and hosting company makes sure that all issues are dealt with immediately. These include hardware problems, such as a drive which goes bad to software issues such as updates and other regular maintenance work which is required, and which is the first basic step towards securing your system and its data. .
Red tape can be a thing of the past – huge agencies and layers of bureaucracies dealing with paper records has been the source of huge inefficiencies and many jokes, but it does not have to be that way. A dependable, extremely safe and redundant system which is much easier to use can be integrated into any government activity, from a local water department to the federal government.
The Author writes about many technology issues, and knows that establishing a dependable, accessible government cloud can make a big difference.