By Josh Finke, Senior Director Sales Engineering & Architectures, Iron Bow
Federal agencies don’t always have the time or money to take on cloud adoption. The cost, complexity and security concerns of rolling out cloud-based applications often act as a barrier for those without the resources to implement and manage a solution.
But that doesn’t mean agencies should abandon hope, especially since cloud adoption can actually cut costs and increase security in the long run. Iron Bow Technologies can now do the heavy lifting for agencies considering transitioning to the cloud through its newest offering of Cisco’s FedRAMP-authorized Hosted Collaboration Solution for Government (HCS-G).
We are one of only two partners eligible to provide the service to our federal clients. Cisco’s HCS-G provides cloud-based, unified communications and collaboration applications within a secure, virtualized environment on a centralized management platform.
Customers can take advantage of HCS-G’s features with simple implementation and centralized off-site monitoring and management. Iron Bow takes on the operations burden, allowing our government clients to focus on their missions rather than technology implementation and operations.
Collaboration solutions are critical for government modernization. While some agencies have moved past legacy communications systems, federal employees largely feel tied to their desks by outdated phones that offer limited features. The same functionality has essentially existed for 30+ years in agency phone networks. With HCS-G, federal agencies can move beyond basic dial tone to truly collaborate.
The solution enables public sector employees to be connected and productive like never before. HCS-G enables users to leverage any device – mobile or remote – reliably and securely, which translates to a more efficient agency that can better meet its goals and serve it’s constituents. The solution is fully-compliant with the “cloud-first” mandate and meets FedRAMP authorization for securing data under current government regulations.
Cisco’s FedRAMP certification gives this solution the security backing the federal government’s critical data requires. Often, risk-averse agencies remain hesitant to put any of their internal applications in the cloud. But federal IT managers need not worry as FedRAMP certification guarantees agencies maintain a high level of security without keeping them cemented in technology’s past.
While security is a top consideration for agencies looking to improve their communications applications, complexity is also a major barrier. It may be difficult for agencies to understand the many implications of a cloud-based application workflow when it’s IT professionals haven’t experienced one. This solution provides a straightforward process to cloud adoption that is easy to consume, regardless of an agencies size, complexity or technical expertise.
In today’s environment, as agencies are increasingly asked to do more with less funding, managers are wary of the unknown costs of moving to the cloud. Iron Bow has a solution for that as well.
In the most widely used models of cloud, agencies may not know the actual cost of operation until the applications have been in the cloud for some time, and are faced with a surprising bill. But HCS-G provides agencies with both upfront costs and terms. By paying a flat fee per user/per month, agencies are not only aware of the upfront cost but are also able to tailor the service, scaling up and down depending on their unique needs at the time, and delivering the exact set of features each user needs.
With such low barriers and high benefits, Cisco’s HCS-G provides agencies a user-friendly, cost-effective and proven model of cloud-based communications. Visit our official announcement to learn more about how it can connect and benefit you.
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