When I meet with IT executives at federal agencies, invariably they tell me that the number one issue they face is the constant pressure to manage various independent resources as well as drive to the internal customers’ missions. Adding to this challenge is the issue of complexity—properly managing a mix of legacy and new systems and the data travelling between them. Any mistakes in balancing the two can directly affect business operations and, of course, their budgets. These are issues we at Hitachi Data System Federal face in our own day-to-day business, as well.
One way to streamline and mitigate problems arising from complex network architectures is to use software defined infrastructure (SDI). This helps simplify an agency’s operations through automation. SDI drives flexibility, which offers a variety of benefits such as driving innovation through better access to information.
Some advantages include:
- Simplifying operations through automation
- Increasing access to information
- Reinvigorating legacy applications
The Balancing Act
As an engineer by training, I’m always working to balance my drive for a beautiful engineering design solution with each user’s on-the-ground realities, such as legacy systems, limited budget and staff, mandates, and mission goals. One of the things I feel is important about our SDI approach is that it is application-led, which allows agencies to enhance their legacy IT applications and consider new technologies. Again balancing is critical. To truly unlock SDI’s value, technology must simplify operations through automation, promote insight by improved access to information and create operational agility by making fixed IT resources flexible.
Four Common Obstacles to Simplicity
The major goal of SDI is simplicity: unshackling organizations from routine manual tasks and freeing up time to innovate and inspire. Some common friction points include:
- 24/7 Expectations. Implementing an SDI lowers costs, simplifies systems and facilitates data management.
- Too Much Complexity. Managing an agency or department takes more than just maintaining daily processes. SDI automates manual processes, which frees up time for personnel to contribute to their organization’s success.
- Too Much Information. Instead of merely managing data, SDI lets organizations harness it. SDI allows agencies to turn mountains of data into actionable insights.
- Automating everyday maintenance saves time and resources, streamlines processes without eating into tight budgets.
Finding solutions that balance your needs with your budget, size today and tomorrow, and meet other mission requirements is crucial.
Hitachi Federal’s portfolio of SDI products is designed to help government agencies streamline their IT operations. Learn more about our solutions and download resources to help you optimize your software-defined data center.