Public sector organisations are increasingly making the jump to public cloud. But while this is a positive step in their journey towards modernising services, it also brings its challenges. Migration to the public cloud is by no means a new phenomenon, but the hype cycle has reached fever pitch, and organisations should be mindful not to be swept away by the hype. What many organisations are now learning is that public cloud services are typically extremely costly and can place added pressure on already cash-strapped organisations.
These high, and often, unexpected costs are borne from the inflexible solutions that public cloud providers offer. In many cases, the lack of flexibility in these public cloud models means public sector organisation are being tied into lengthy contracts that are difficult to get out of, and that simply do not meet the real needs of the business.
In reality, public sector organisation at the start of their cloud journey need three things from their cloud offering: security, reliability, and capacity. These three fundamentals should form the basis of an organisation’s cloud strategy and should see them look beyond public cloud. Indeed, for many organisations a private cloud strategy could meet their current and future cloud needs.
What’s in a cloud?
The benefits of adopting a “cloud-first” approach are clear. Public sector organisations can prioritise real business transformation through greater access to critical business applications that can be hosted in the cloud, without the need for disruptive and costly on-premise hardware upgrades. Additionally, cloud offers scalability and increased reliability through on-demand resources, as well as the ability to dial up security as and when needed. Cloud also facilitates greater mobility, this will be essential when rolling out new applications and services, such as remote healthcare practices or e-learning services.
What is critical however is understanding which of the aforementioned

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