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Legacy Infrastructure Causes Concerns for Federal IT Departments, Survey Shows


Federal respondents note confidence in modern architecture’s ability to rise to the challenges of cybersecurity, big data, private cloud and virtualization

MCLEAN, VA. September 14, 2016 – A new survey of federal Information Technology (IT) managers reveals that those who have transitioned to a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) are more confident in their agency’s ability to support key Administration initiatives, such as data center consolidation and optimization, as well as challenges associated with cybersecurity, big data and cloud adoption.

The survey of 150 defense, civilian and intelligence agency IT decision makers, which was commissioned by Nutanix and conducted by Market Connections, Inc., focused on the type of IT infrastructure they are using broadly to support their organizations’ mission; how easily they can adopt new initiatives and technologies into their current architecture; as well as the level of confidence in their organizations’ performance and ability to deliver on Administration requirements.

The results showed a stark contrast between organizations that are using HCI, versus ones that are maintaining a traditional three-tier architecture model. According to the survey respondents, non-HCI users, for example, tend to lack confidence in their agency’s overall infrastructure – 76% of HCI adopters are satisfied with their infrastructure versus 39% of respondents who are not HCI users – and expressed concern with their ability to incorporate new technologies into their existing environment, with only 2% of non-HCI users considering it very easy to do. In addition to rating their delivery on cybersecurity, big data and private cloud initiatives higher, survey results also indicated:

  • 72% of HCI adopters are pleased with the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of their infrastructure, while only 25% of those not using HCI are satisfied
  • More than three-quarters of HCI adopters (79%) are satisfied with the scalability of their infrastructure versus 42% of those who are not using HCI
  • Those using HCI are significantly more satisfied with application uptime (69% versus 39%), compliance support (83% versus 31%), speed of implementing new applications (76% versus 20%) and ease of deployment (79% versus 24%)

“We know the government currently relies on at least $3 billion of unsupported, legacy technology, and President Obama’s request for a $3.1 billion IT Modernization Fund shows this is a major concern,” said Chris Howard, Vice President of Federal, Nutanix. “The results of this survey highlight the benefits of a more modern infrastructure and should serve as a motivator to compel agencies to find new ways to tackle these modernization challenges. We have seen HCI lower capital expenditures and operating expenditures dramatically, as well as reduce hands-on infrastructure management time considerably. This type of technology maps perfectly to the government’s need to address modern challenges with modern technology.”

To access the full report and survey results, visit our website.

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