Survey: Cost savings key driver for government cloud adoption

 

The public sector is inching closer to a more widespread adoption of cloud computing, with cost savings cited as the greatest driver for state, local and federal governments, and governments around the world.

A new survey from auditing firm KPMG shows that more than 40 percent of government respondents globally say they are already testing or implementing cloud solutions, and nearly 30 percent are working on a cloud strategy.

A majority -- 76 percent -- said saving money is either important or very important. But nearly one-fifth said they didn’t expect to see much of change in their organization post-cloud adoption.


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As for what type of cloud environments governments are considering, private cloud topped the list (32 percent), followed by hybrid clouds (26 percent), public clouds (22 percent) and community clouds (16 percent).

Security was listed as the biggest concern by almost half (47 percent) of the 429 government executives and managers from 10 countries. Fifty-seven percent of U.S. respondents cited security.  However, nearly 80 percent of the respondents said they would feel more at ease if cloud services were certified by a government body.

That type of certification and accreditation already exists in the U.S. In December 2011, U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel announced the launch of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program – FedRAMP -- which provides agencies and vendors with security standards for cloud products and services.

Nearly 30 percent of the respondents said their organization’s CIO should spearhead the implementation and manage service performance of external cloud providers. A senior director or a government equivalent of an industry CEO was the second most popular choice (21 percent).

 

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Thu, Mar 8, 2012 Dave

The government will not achieve cost savings until the CIOs are forced to change their thought process from Enterprise High Priced prepackaged hardware and apps that don't work to an open lean model that eliminates waste and creates efficiency. I recently did a presentation on a proven way to reduce processing and storage costs by about 90 percent. The processing and storage power per $100k would destroy the current model of the same abilities which cost about 5 to 6 million for the same capabilities. It had virtually no end of life, no vanity, nothing proprietary, currently scalable to millions of nodes which could allow for multiple vendors at a flat controlled price. The system could have more power than the agencies could ever consume. The only catch is that it would mean eliminating windows based computing, eliminating the need for virtual machines, while adding fantastic capabilities for security, audit, backup, consolidation on every level .. every talking point bullet you read about on this web site that should be done - DONE. Shot down - why. The US Government does not have people who are smart enough or who are willing to be smart enough to make it work. The government does not want to afford the talent. The system would require a slightly higher level of knowledge than the typical windows/storage/VM/support/admin that they have now. Its not that hard,they would just have to learn something radically new. The people I presented to have NEVER in their careers had to create a computing system from scratch. It has always been what IBM,Dell,HP,EMC,Microsoft,Oracle, etc, have told they need and everything is pre-installed. My retort was why are there several companies right now that handle the systems and data of a 3/4 billion plus people that are growing at a daily rate that is more than the entire us govt absorbs in a year with a technical staff of about 300-400 people? What are we learning from them? NOTHING!

Thu, Mar 1, 2012

Note that the current thrust is COST, not security, privacy, safety, or any other items that many of us have to look at. But there are people worried about secuity. And there must be a lot of government folks surveyed, they said they wanted the gov to certify it (scary thought).

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