There are several reasons why investing in a cloud solution, also known as “software as a service” (SaaS), makes sense for federal government and military organizations like the Coast Guard. Moving to the cloud is no longer as intimidating as it might have been 10 years ago; many of today’s cloud services have been built, configured and certified to the impact level of the information they protect. A cloud solution has become a more attractive choice because it provides better availability, economies of scale, and streamlines future enhancements to software and hardware. Other benefits include:
- Reduced risk of IT failure (Microsoft 99.999% uptime)
- Properly synced mobile devices with email, contacts, calendar, office, etc.
- Future upgrades occur directly with Microsoft, meaning less risk and potential errors (e.g. MS Office 2019)
- Email and documents are journaled in accordance with Federal Records Act of 2014