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The rapid move towards adopting digital government initiatives is challenging state and local governments to find ways to bring new, secure, and ubiquitous services to the growing numbers of online constituents. Balancing the ability to provide key services while controlling or even reducing costs presents real challenges to these agencies. By working with many state, county, and city governments, Brocade has helped define a strategy that both enables new services while reducing costs, and results in better service levels for demanding constituents.

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With fewer resources to call upon these days, state and local governments are looking for ways to deliver traditional services over the Web. But installing the necessary infrastructure to deploy these services is costly, time-consuming, and potentially confusing. The recent Digital Counties Survey conducted by The Center for Digital Government found:

  • 84% are consolidating data centers, servers, applications and staff
  • 80% are pursuing joint service delivery
  • 69% plan reductions in staffing and operating hours
  • 43% may have cuts in public service delivery
  • 59% are planning agency consolidation, mergers and/or elimination

While consolidation and virtualization provide economies of scale, significant cost savings, increased efficiency, better information sharing, and many other benefits, it must be archived - strategically and cost-effectively. Brocade’s product portfolio and financing options allow the greatest flexibility in adding new capacity while leveraging existing capabilities and infrastructure.

In addition to finding new and creative ways to deploy technology to serve constituents while reducing costs, many local governments are looking for new opportunities to drive revenue. The opportunity to provide Internet services over a robust 1 Gigabit Ethernet network through a Fiber-to-the Home (FTTH) initiative is helping some local agencies provide key services to their communities while increasing revenue. Check out the story of how CDE Lightband and the City of Clarksville, TN partnered with Brocade to build a state-of-the-art community Internet services offering.

Whether your agency is looking to improve operating efficiencies through datacenter consolidation, rolling out new digital government services to assist your community, or deploying a municipal FTTH network, Brocade solutions can help facillitate the process.