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Commvault 2020 Predictions: Cloud, Consolidation, and Analytics

VMblog Predictions 2020 

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2020.  Read them in this 12th annual series exclusive.

By Dave DeVries, Director of Strategic Initiatives for State, Local Government and Higher Education, Commvault

2020 GovTech Predictions: Cloud, Consolidation, and Analytics

State and federal government IT professionals have the challenging job of protecting and managing large amounts of critical data. In 2020, it's imperative that they be more than ready for whatever comes their way. To kick off the new year right, Commvault's Dave DeVries, who is the former CIO of the state of Michigan,  has shared a variety of public sector predictions. Commvault had an exciting 2019 with a new CEO joining the company, the announcement of its first-ever acquisition, and the launch of a new SaaS venture, Metallic. The company plans to build on this momentum in 2020 with additional innovations that enable public and private sector organizations to tackle their toughest data challenges and realize new data opportunities.

Dave's predictions include the move toward ‘Digital Government' powered by the cloud, the importance of backup amid infrastructure consolidation, and the rise of data analytics as a core IT application.

  • Continued consolidation at the state level - states will see continued consolidation of their decentralized data centers, with the goal of heterogenous storage and compute. Consequently, backup will be key. A core goal of state CIOs will be to support all state IT, which can only be done with more consistent infrastructure.  
  • The rise of data analytics within government and public sector IT - data analytics will become a core IT application, versus the current ‘bolt on' or ‘science experiment' scenario that exists now. As a result, and public sector agencies will be able to better address the vast amount of dark data that yields no value toward citizen services and mission support. 
  • Hybrid cloud will continue its growth trajectory - hybrid cloud will become increasingly prevalent, as an aging Federal IT workforce and limited capital budgets drive new acquisition strategies. This is best illustrated by the recent DOD JEDI award, which allocated $10 billion for a period of 10 years.    
  • Enterprise or everything IT as a service (EITaas) - a continuing trend with DoD CIOs and CDOs and state CIOs is piloting major efforts to transform enterprise IT to major MSP outsourcing with large system integrators. The goal is to improve overall performance of IT operations, reduce current ‘deferred maintenance risk' inherent across all DoD and state networks, improve security, and simplify overall IT services delivery. 
  • Push to use the cloud - when combined with the EITaaS efforts, the goal of migrating data, applications, and workloads to FedRamp approved cloud providers is seen as a key to better value and avoiding major infrastructure spending. Legislators are driving major business leaders to turn to multi-cloud to save money and get a handle on enterprise management of data and business processes. Agencies and approved cloud providers need data and application experts to migrate to the cloud. A major subset of this are the efforts to migrate to Office 365 environments. Another key goal for State CIOs is ‘Digital Government,' the ability to use cloud as a path for citizens to reach their government services and their data. They must be able to use this model while still managing risk and not creating another attack vector for adversaries. 
  • Increased focus on data value, cost and security of patient records and medical studies - medical centers will continue to merge and create ever more value from the patient records and medical studies that are improving the nation's healthcare. However, cost will be a major factor, as well as security of records.
  • Federal data designated as a national asset - with the recognition that ‘digital' data is the lifeblood of an organization and its ability to deliver its capabilities, CDO positions have been created to gain insight into data beyond ‘file management' efficiency. Major efforts will be for case management to start delivering eDiscovery and sensitive information management. GDPR is beginning to drive efforts and penalties for non-compliance, and violations are becoming significant. Overall, a fundamental theme within the federal space is now is that data readiness is the foundation for cyber readiness.


About the Author

Dave DeVries 

Dave DeVries leads strategic initiatives for Commvault's state, local government, and higher education (SLED) market. Dave has decades of experience driving strategic innovations, solving enterprise-scale problems, and delivering successful outcomes in complex environments. Before joining Commvault, Dave was CIO of the State of Michigan, where his achievements included modernizing IT infrastructure and managing a ransomware attack. Dave previously served as a Deputy CIO at the Department of Defense, and is a West Point graduate and retired Army officer. 

Published Thursday, January 09, 2020 7:22 AM by David Marshall
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