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New Report Looks at Cloud Adoption in the Public Sector

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New Report Looks at Cloud Adoption in the Public Sector

September 22, 2016
By Paula Bernier
Executive Editor, TMC

Eighty-two percent of public sector cloud adopters expect to increase their spending on cloud computing next year, and five years from now they anticipate upping their cloud use 35 to 60 percent.

That’s according to the new study “Destination Cloud: The Federal and SLED Cloud Journey,” which was conducted by MeriTalk and sponsored by Avnet Government solutions and NetApp. It analyzes cloud strategies of federal, local, state, and higher education entities.

Cost savings is a key motivation for these entities to consider the cloud. That’s true for 67 percent of local and state respondents, 65 percent of federal respondents, and 59 percent of those in higher education. And 65 percent of federal respondents, 63 percent of higher education, and 56 percent of local and state ones say cloud options are their first area of exploration.

Collaboration and web hosting are the top cloud adoption drivers for federal entities, ranked at 82 percent each in the study. Meanwhile, backservices run a close third, at 81 percent.

Just more than half (55 percent) of cloud adopters today are evaluating cloud solutions as part of their overall IT strategies, the study indicates. The rest are considering the cloud for just specific applications.

As with organizations in any vertical, public sector, entities are working to figure out whether the private cloud or the public cloud is best for their applications. The study indicates that 89 percent of IT managers in the space understand the benefits of the public cloud, 95 percent see its limitations, and 61 percent voice privacy and security concerns about the public cloud. As a result, more than half of respondents run their applications in private clouds, according to the study; that includes 64 percent of federal respondents, 54 percent of the local and state folks surveyed, and 50 percent of those in higher education.

Edited by Alicia Young

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