Moving to the Cloud (or Finding Reasons to Wait)

From FCW | Oct. 23, 2014

A new research study—conducted by Market Connections, Inc. and commissioned by General Dynamics—explores the status of federal agencies’ plans, concerns and perceptions of cloud solutions, in an effort to highlight those factors which may contribute to a successful cloud migration.

Three-quarters (73%) of respondents indicated that their agency was either researching/considering the use of services from cloud providers or currently using/planning to use software as a service (SaaS) within the next year, while two-thirds of respondents (66%) indicated a similar interest or investment in platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and managed hosting. The following table displays the status of respondents’ plans, or lack thereof, concerning a migration to cloud technology as sorted by category of service.

According to the study’s findings, agencies are predominantly concerned with the security risks that can result from cloud-based solutions—e.g., unauthorized access to or leak of proprietary data (69%), security defects in the technology itself (65%) and difficulty with or inability for data recovery if the provider fails (45%).

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