Recent research from NetApp has revealed that a mix of clouds and local infrastructure will continue on being used in the coming year in the UK’s public sector.
Indeed, according to a freedom of information (FOI) request, 53% of services declared using the hybrid infrastructure. This shows that the public sector will have to plan carefully its future agile environment in order to unlock the full potential of cloud, especially with the complexity of cloud services and the existing infrastructure demands.
Moreover, the study found out that around £30 million per annum of savings could be made if the government optimized its data strategy. By doing so, the government would improve its services and accelerate them in their journey towards the cloud.
Although the research stated undeniable progress toward cloud adoption, the majority of public service infrastructure is still on the premises, with many services still less than 50% cloud-based. Besides, only 16% of respondents suggested it be fully cloud-based in 3 years’ time, showing the public sector will continue to operate in a hybrid environment or the foreseeable future.
The study also found out that 54% of respondents aimed for improved organizational agility, in order to optimize costs and improve services.
Hence, this shows that some progress was made to realize the government’s Cloud First policy, however, the goals of the National Data Strategy are yet to be met. The transition from complex legacy IT platforms to digital-first architectures will take time, but by creating a hybrid cloud data fabric, the public sector will be able to improve data mobility, reduce cloud consumption costs, and meet data compliance obligations.