2020 Cloud Trends for the Public Sector

Hot off the heels of last week’s Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference, we sat down with DLT’s Chief Technology Officer, David Blankenhorn, to discuss the current state of the Cloud and what drivers will fuel more innovation and adoption for the U.S. public sector in 2020.

There have been a few big agenda items for the cloud community to digest this year – what is the current state of U.S. public sector cloud adoption and usage?

re:Invent re:Cap – Key Takeaways From AWS re:Invent 2019

Every year, thousands of cloud enthusiasts, vendors and partners gather in Las Vegas for a week of learning and networking (and maybe a little downtime), all in the name of Amazon Web Services (AWS). This year was no different, and in excess of 65,000 people descended upon Las Vegas for the 8th annual AWS re:Invent conference: an event that continues to get better, and certainly bigger, every year.

The Sky is Not the Limit: Takeaways from the AWS Public Sector Summit

Key takeaways show how public sector customers are achieving more with cloud.

As cloud continues to transform the public sector, cloud has had its own metamorphosis: from a trendy buzz word to a catalyst for meaningful change, innovation, and more. Last month, AWS hosted its 10th annual AWS Public Sector Summit. The conference brought together more than 17,000 attendees for 2+ days of insights, sessions, and networking, and explored how cloud is fueling the public sector for a limitless future.

Recap

Data Science is Key to Readying Facial Recognition Software for Use by Law Enforcement

The use of facial recognition software to support law enforcement efforts is nothing new – in the movies that is. In 1997, the sci-fi classic The Fifth Element equipped its futuristic airborne police vehicles with tools that let officers compare facial scans of the movie’s mysterious alien heroine to a central criminal database in the hope of making an identification.

Twenty years on, scenarios like this are fast becoming normalized.

AWS’s New Secret Region a Game Changer for Intel Agencies

Intel agencies and other government organizations that deal with secret-level datasets, now have access to a “secret” cloud data center region – the AWS Secret Region. With the launch of this region, DLT partner, AWS becomes the first and only commercial cloud provider to offer regions to serve government workloads across the full range of data classifications, including Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret.

What Do You Need to Do Next to Move to the Cloud?

Cloud migration takes more than a flip of a switch. There are many crucial first steps that are needed to ensure an effective migration and seamless transition to the cloud.

Cloud risks must be assessed and technical readiness must be considered. In-house expertise must be aligned and concerns about cloud security must be overcome. Data governance needs must also be met. Not forgetting your procurement team who must familiarize themselves with cloud models, contracts, and billing.