Today’s organizations are generating more data at the edge than ever before, and are grappling with processing and managing that data, in a cost-effective, efficient manner.
Government agencies are no exception to this trend; however, they have unique requirements when it comes to data storage in terms of compliance and regulations, accessibility, and IT support. These requirements are prompting organizations within the public sector to transform their digital IT and invest more resources towards modernizing their edge infrastructure, through the implementation of storage virtualization technologies.
Benefits of Virtual Storage for the Public Sector
Virtual storage addresses the challenges faced by public sector organizations and provides them with several user benefits. To name a few:
- Security: Government agencies generate and store extremely sensitive information, and keeping that information protected is top priority. By utilizing virtualized storage infrastructure, these organizations are able to: 1) centralize data management, preventing data loss in the event of a system failure or cyber-attack and 2) implement encryption components to prevent data from being compromised in the event of a breach.
- High Availability: Law enforcement, emergency services, and public transit are all examples that require highly available storage, to enable fast access to data and applications at any given time. A virtual storage solution can be implemented within close physical proximity to the source of the data, which decreases latency and bandwidth requirements, enabling data to be accessed and processed more quickly. Virtualized storage, when configured with adequate levels of redundancy, can also decrease downtime, the effects of which are hugely detrimental to public sector organizations.
- Ease of Management: Public sector organizations seek to eliminate complexities within their datacenters, so they can focus on what they do best: providing services that benefit all of society. By centralizing management and reducing the amount of hardware required, virtual storage solutions simplify the data storage environment and allow for easy deployment across multiple locations. Additionally, it often requires less IT staff and experience to deploy and manage virtual storage solutions, versus traditional storage infrastructure.
COVID-19 and Virtual Storage
Within the past few months, government institutions have been dealing with additional IT challenges, spurred by the advent of COVID-19. This global crisis has severely affected the economy, as businesses shut down and government spend is allocated towards assisting healthcare facilities with funding to combat the virus.
During these trying times, there is a lot of uncertainty as to how much budget will be left after the pandemic subsides, and what that budget will be needed for. When it comes to data storage, a virtual solution is highly favorable as it reduces the amount of hardware needed, which in turn, reduces overall cost (CAPEX and OPEX).
Coronavirus has also forced many public sector employees to transition to remote work, in an attempt to limit face-to-face contact. Public schools, for example, are now teaching classes online through digital learning platforms and over video conferencing.
Virtual storage is ideally suited for remote work environments, as it provides fast access to data and applications, and decreases downtime (both planned and unplanned), which can inhibit productivity. This is also beneficial for make-shift clinics and testing centers, which are popping up in obscure locations around the globe to treat COVID-19 patients. These environments require flexible storage infrastructure and high availability as well, and can’t afford to be impacted by downtime.
StorMagic SvSAN and Public Sector
StorMagic SvSAN meets the needs of public sector organizations, providing the industry’s most cost-effective, lightweight, virtual SAN solution. It offers high availability and flexibility to government agencies, and is also incredibly simple to operate, using centralized deployment and management.
SvSAN delivers optimal data security at the edge through its integrated data encryption feature. SvSAN data encryption allows data to be encrypted without the use of specialized hardware. This allows ordinary server and storage infrastructure to be leveraged, resulting in significant cost savings. It also meets stringent data privacy and security regulations, such as HIPAA, PCI DSS and SOX.
StorMagic has partnered with Insight Public Sector, to enable federal agencies and state, local and education (SLED) customers to now easily purchase and integrate SvSAN. Furthermore, StorMagic SvSAN is now available on NASA SEWP and GSA contracts in the United States. To learn more about how StorMagic is delivering simple, highly available, virtual storage to the federal / government industry, take a look at our recent press release.
See how StorMagic’s current federal and SLED industry customers are utilizing SvSAN within their storage environments, in our customer case studies below: