What we love about Cloud Computing in the Public Sector

What we love about Cloud Computing in the Public Sector

Almost half of the governmental organizations globally are actively using the public cloud, according to Gartner. Their spending is predicted to grow at an average of 17.1% per year until 2021. This prediction is based on two main reasons: more efficient delivery of services and a significant reduction in costs. The main goal for governmental organizations: fast innovation in combination with a rapid return on investment. 

In addition to fast innovation, benefits of cloud computing include enhanced scalability, a secure working environment, easy number crunching, many innovation possibilities, and more insight(s) with the use of artificial intelligence principles.

With almost half of the public organizations having adopted cloud computing, half of them have not done this yet. If this concerns you; don’t worry. Implementation is easier than you might expect. Please continue reading to learn more about three cases that successfully prioritize cloud computing, thus thriving their businesses.

Google Cloud is a pioneer in ‘zero trust’ security and in deploying innovative approaches to protecting and securing networks worldwide

Mike Daniels Vice President, Global Public Sector, Google Cloud

Anthos for the Department of Defence
The Defence Innovation Unit (DIU), a special organization within the American Department of Defence (DOD) focused on scaling commercial technology across the DOD, has recently chosen Google Cloud to build a secure cloud management solution to detect, protect against, and respond to cyber threats worldwide.

The multi-cloud solution will be built on Anthos, allowing DIU to run web services and applications across Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure — while being centrally managed from the Google Cloud Console. The solution will provide real-time network monitoring, access control, and full audit trails, enabling DIU to maintain its strict cloud security posture without compromising speed and reliability.

“Google Cloud is a pioneer in ‘zero trust’ security and in deploying innovative approaches to protecting and securing networks worldwide,” said Mike Daniels, Vice President, Global Public Sector, Google Cloud. “We’re honored to partner with DIU on this critical initiative to protect its network from bad actors that pose threats to our national security.”

Norwegian governmental agency BBREG
A second interesting example of a company that has worked hard to implement cloud computing in their daily business is the Norwegian National ‘Broønnoøysund Register Center’ (BBREG). This Register holds around 19 of Norway’s most important registers, including registers of businesses, political parties, and bankruptcies. BBREG makes Norway’s registers available for public and private use, supporting best data practices and building trust across the nation.

‘When I started, there had been previous discussions about migrating, but there was some reluctance to take the decisive step’, says Stig Dørmænen, previous Senior Advisor at the Broønnoøysund Register. ‘After we did some tests and realized it was doable, everyone got on board.’ 

Multiple Google Cloud Platform (GCP) tools were used in the migration to the cloud. Hangouts Meet on G Suite was used to, remotely, collaborate. The current infrastructure of the ‘Datakatalog’ is now powered by Google Kubernetes Engine and a partner Engine, using Cloud Load Balancing for easy scaling of resources. Cloud Storage and Cloud SQL provide storage and managed database services for the FDK CI/CD pipeline, while Cloud Monitoring provides system monitoring.

With the quickly useable features of GCP, the team at BBREG can put a lot of troubleshooting behind them enabling them to focus on solution architecture and development instead. Learn more about this case here.

CSPM service powered by Palo Alto Networks
Some major challenges when it comes to the public cloud adoption are complete visibility, control, and compliance from a single dashboard. With Atos’ new multi-cloud managed service, Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM), customers can easily overcome these challenges and get the most out of their cloud adoption and security.

Our new CSPM service combines the expertise of the market-leading solution with the proficiency of the market-leading managed security services provider. Using the service, our clients gain complete 360° visibility of all their resources in public cloud and are able to enforce a unified compliance strategy that integrates seamlessly into their enterprise security model

Chris Moret Senior vice president and head of cybersecurity services at Atos

Atos’s CSPM service includes Prisma Cloud, which helps to ensure consistent security across multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments and simplifies security operations through cross-cloud security visibility. Besides Prisma Cloud, CSPM consists of consulting, configuration, and integration services, which helps companies develop policies to prevent common issues related to cloud adoption. Last, the operations and response service of CSPM ensures customers are supported in their day-to-day administration and enables assistance in case of security incidents.

As can be seen from the cases above, cloud adoption has many benefits and can be implemented safely and securely. Curious to learn more about the possibilities of cloud adoption for public organisations? The video below presents a short overview of cloud computing using GCP: