The US Government is many things, but one thing the majority of people will agree upon, whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, is that it isn’t a cutting-edge adopter of technology. That is why the recent Federal Cloud Computing Survey conducted by InformationWeek Government was an interesting read and confirmed what many of us in the hosted services industry already knew – that Cloud adoption isn’t the domain of niche business users, but it has legitimately gone mainstream and the Government will be a big beneficiary.
Now in its third year, the Federal Cloud Computing Survey analyzes the state of cloud computing in the federal government by collecting data from 103 federal IT pros. The survey, conducted in September, provides a glimpse into the number of Cloud projects underway and the types of services being evaluated and incorporated into their strategic plans. Some of the most interesting survey highlights include:
• More than half of the agencies have identified use cases for cloud services, and 46% have evaluated cloud products and services
• Fifty percent of all respondents say their agencies are moving ahead with cloud adoption or are in the early stages of doing so; last year that percentage was 40%
• Commercial cloud services are the most widely used in federal government, cited by 18% of respondents using or assessing cloud services. Private clouds operating inside government data centers are next, used by 14%. In both cases, those results are a few percentage points higher than in 2011. But demand is building for private clouds, with 39% of these respondents indicating they’re highly likely to adopt them
• Lowering the cost of IT operations and reducing investment in servers and data center equipment are important, cited by 54% and 51%, respectively. Fifty-one percent of respondents say their organizations have performed cost analyses and determined that the cloud offers some level of savings
While this data shows that momentum is clearly building because of the many benefits that cloud computing and hosted services can offer, the survey also uncovered some of the key challenges that need to be addressed if the cloud is going to become fully embraced in Government including:
• Ensuring security (68%)
• Compatibility with legacy systems and processes (51%)
• Lack of expertise and experience with Cloud systems (31%)
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