Federal Government is adopting Application Modernization to Transform Public Services

Updated: Feb 17, 2021



Today, the Federal government is rapidly switching to modernization in order to serve the citizens efficiently. In this digital era, it is wise that public sector agencies make their core objectives data-centric, as data is the key to achieving success today.

Modernizing the old-school, outdated on-premise systems to cloud systems must be the utmost priority for federal government IT leaders. For seamless data flow, the federal government needs to make sure their applications are modernized with CI/CD pipeline, are well-integrated across hybrid IT platforms, and employ best Anthos practices.

In this post, we are going to look at how federal government is adopting application modernization to enhance their public services:


Why does the Federal Government need Anthos?

Government agencies are evolving at an overwhelming speed, and they have to keep up with the new policies, laws, and compliance requirements rolled out frequently, along with growing citizen expectations.

In this digital age, citizens demand technology-driven, seamless public services. To provide this, the federal government needs to adopt new technologies that are agile and efficient to modernize their mission-critical legacy applications. This can be done through application modernization, viz. updating the legacy applications with latest practices.

Here are the practices that allow government agencies to transform digitally:

  • A scalable, modern, and flexible platform that can adapt to the growing citizen needs.

  • Open-scale architecture that allows seamless access to new technologies and processes without causing vendor lock-ins.

  • A platform that adapts to the modernization of legacy applications while also allowing future innovation.

To modernize legacy applications and manage confidential data, the federal government is switching to hybrid cloud solutions.

But Federal IT leaders might be struggling to cope with increasing amounts of data, data analytics, constricted budgets, and growing needs for public services. One way to tackle these challenges and offer enhanced public services to citizens is through adopting a modern application management platform such as Anthos.

Google Cloud’s Anthos is a new application management platform that delivers a seamless development and operations experience for your on-prem and cloud infrastructure.


Legacy Application Modernization using GKE and Istio

GKE and GKE On-Prem

Anthos cloud computing platform mainly depends on GKE and GKE On-Prem to manage all your Kubernetes applications in the environments you wish to deploy them. The GKE aims to leverage Kubernetes releases by allowing you to manage capabilities to create, scale, and update clusters.

With GKE, Google Cloud Platform will handle the control plane, while the federal IT manager can access the Kubernetes API server. GCP will be managing the node components in your application modernization projects using GKE. On the other hand, GKE On-Prem will be hosting your On-Prem virtualization environment.

With Kubernetes, you can seamlessly access the common orchestration layer to manage deployments, configurations, updates, and applications scaling.


Istio-Service Mesh

‘Service mesh’ is nothing but a network of micro-services consisting of applications and their interactions.

As you keep on adding applications, the size and complexity of service mesh keep on increasing. This can make it challenging to manage and understand critical metrics. A service mesh is responsible for complex operations such as load balancing, metrics, monitoring, failure recovery, discovery, access control, A/B testing, end-to-end authentication, and so on.

With GCP’s Istio, you can get behavioral insights and greater operational control over your entire service mesh. Thus, Istio allows you to meet all the service mesh requirements to manage your microservice applications.

As federal government agencies switch to cloud platforms, IT developers need to look for solutions that allow portability and efficient management of large distributed deployments across multi-cloud and hybrid environments. That’s what Istio does!

Istio will considerably reduce the complexity of managing micro-services’ network, as it provides a central platform to connect, secure, and monitor micro-services across different environments.