Vote Cloud - Vote Verizon

There’s probably never been a more challenging time to be in government, at any level. Doing more with less doesn’t really cover it. Not only have budgets been cut,  but there are more and more core activities that government  IT organisations have to support and which need to be accessed at ever more places at even more times.
But there’s help at hand. Working with trusted partners you can move your critical applications to the cloud, driving efficiencies and performance whilst at the same time promoting agility and sustainability, giving you much needed control of capital and operating costs. Trusted partners like Verizon Enterprise Solutions.
The Changing Landscape of Government
Government agencies face new challenges as the shifts in political landscapes and contemporary society require technologies that keep people and systems connected in real time, all the time.

The public sector at every level-local, regional and national–is under constant pressure on many fronts: the need to cut costs while workloads and caseloads expand; the need to secure information and infrastructure in a time of uncertainty; the need for remote access and mobility; and the fundamental need to connect with core constituents to deliver the basic services that underpin a healthy democracy.

The good news is that the technology exists to help government agencies meet today’s challenges and manage costs at the same time. However, the pace of technological innovation can make it difficult for decision makers to sort through all of the complexity.

Verizon provides transformational IP-based products and services to business and government agencies around the globe. We have helped thousands of public sector clients solve their IT, security communications and network challenges and we can provide the expertise and resources to help you develop and implement the right solutions to meet your agency’s specific needs.

Getting Government ahead in the cloud
Cloud computing has brought about a step change in the economics and sustainability of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Government is a perfect environment for the adoption of cloud computing which can deliver fundamental changes in the way the public sector procures and operates ICT.

With a cloud infrastructure, your department, council or legislative agency can achieve large economies of scale through ICT systems that are flexible and responsive to demand in order to support government policies and strategies. Moreover, being service based means that you can take advantage of new technologies in order to deliver faster efficiencies and control cost while still meeting environmental and sustainability targets.

To assist the government sector, Terremark, a Verizon Company, has launched the latest addition to its extensive portfolio of secure cloud offerings – Enterprise Cloud Private Edition—which is designed as a single-tenant environment to meet the requirements of many agencies. With the addition of Terremark’s CloudSwitch software, government agencies can bridge their existing IT infrastructure with cloud computing services to create a compelling hybrid model. Users can move workloads between internal compute resources and cloud services and between cloud service providers seamlessly. Furthermore the solution offers a price model based on the concept of different price points associated with different monthly commitment levels.

Productivity with peace of mind
It’s only natural that if you are considering moving to the cloud, you may have concerns about data security. We totally understand. The Verizon/Terremark cloud solution for public agencies offers security controls, policies, and procedures which are examined, measured, and validated against a stringent set of information security standards.
When the stakes are high, it’s important to work with a provider that has the vision to identify online anomalies and stay ahead of emerging cybercrime activities.
Verizon is a global leader in Computer Network Defence (CND) with the ability to capture network intelligence and forensic information. We leverage the visibility gained as a carrier and managing our own and many customer networks to proactively address network security risks and breaches.
But don’t just take our word for it: our security leadership is recognised in the industry. In December 2011, Verizon was positioned by leading industry analyst Gartner in the leader quadrant  in its Magic Quadrant for Managed Security Service Providers, North America report and in the same month Terremark  was also positioned in the leader quadrant of Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service.1
Delivering flexibility and agility
We know you don’t work in a one-size-fits-all world; nor do the people who consume your services. We know that your departments will notice usage spikes one month, and low or steady demand the rest of the time. Rather than pay for infrastructure you’ll never use, with our cloud infrastructure and services you the flexibility to actively manage your computing resources and control costs. If demand rises, dial these resources up; if not, just dial them down. You make your choice – just like with voting. Vote cloud; vote Verizon.
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1 Gartner Inc, “Magic Quadrant for MSSPs, North America ,” November 28, 2011, Kelly Kavanagh and John Pescatore;
Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Lydia Leong, Ted Chamberlin, December 8, 2011
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