Today we’re pleased to feature a guest perspective by Lloyd McCoy Jr., Market Intelligence Consultant from immixGroup, a key Palo Alto Networks partner in the government market.
immixGroup helps technology companies do business with the government. immixGroup’s unique platform of services enables software and hardware manufacturers and their channel partners to grow their public sector business and accelerate the sales cycle. Government agencies trust immixGroup to provide leading IT products through their preferred contracts and business partners.
A mantra I’m hearing repeatedly from government executives is the need for cost avoidance, in addition to cost savings. As civilian and defense agencies cope with constrained budgets, now more than ever federal CIOs need to pursue cloud services and virtualization in order to meet savings objectives. Increased adoption of cloud services and virtualization will enable agencies to meet those objectives while carrying out their mission.
In addition, with the impending U.S. Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative and agency-specific deadlines coming up, civilian and defense agencies can look to leveraging virtualization and the cloud to reduce their IT footprint. As FY 2015 approaches, here are a few important things to consider to ensure cloud and virtualization solutions are effective and targeted:
In summary, looking ahead to the next fiscal year, government agencies have their hands full. They are constantly grappling with handling increasing data loads, while at the same time being required to collapse their infrastructure. Therefore, it is imperative that cloud and virtualization be a major priority for FY 2015.