A recent cloud computing study shows more than half of Federal IT decision makers (53%) cite decreasing IT operating and infrastructure costs as the top drivers of cloud adoption, and nearly six in 10 respondents (59%) agree the migration to cloud-based services results in lower capital expenses compared to in-house deployment of infrastructure.
The study from Market Connections, Inc., on behalf of General Dynamics Information Technology, also shows that managing cloud migrations is a challenge. This new video provides four keys to successful federal cloud migrations.
“When considering a migration to cloud services, agencies need to examine overall impact on performance and the end user’s experience, such as application migration, data segregation, vendor lock-in and maturity of the technology,” said Damian Whitham, senior director of cloud computing solutions, General Dynamics Information Technology.
About two-thirds (64%) of participants name secure infrastructure as a top benefit of cloud computing. At the same time, security also represents a top perceived risk, with 69% expressing concern about data leaks or unauthorized data access and 65% naming potential security defects as a concern.
With concerns regarding security and data loss masking the bigger potential issue of performance in the cloud, General Dynamics Information Technology has developed four keys to successful federal cloud migrations:
- Address performance issues by bringing in a partner provider that can keep performance stable while managing migrations.
- Adopt a flexible cloud strategy that can respond to current and future requirements.
- Work with an experienced cloud provider that has knowledge of multiple environments to mitigate risk.
- Avoid vendor lock-in to minimize impact on performance and budget.
“Less than one-third of survey respondents were concerned about performance-based issues, but these areas pose enormous risks to budgets and productivity. Many of the unanticipated issues of cloud services revolve around performance and vendor lock-in,” Whitham said. “A successful deployment requires a forward-thinking, agency-wide strategy that prepares for future changes while also ensuring performance and ability to deliver on the mission.”