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Washington Itching To Take the Lead on Cloud Computing

The study is called “2009 Cloud Consensus Report – Bringing the Cloud Down to Earth”

MeriTalk, the government IT community site, and the Merlin Federal Cloud Initiative, an alliance of Merlin International, NetApp, Riverbed and VMware, are waving around some research that says neither the private sector nor the public sector really understands what cloud computing is all about and only 13% of both private- and public-sector IT executives report that their organization or agency is using cloud computing, while 44% report using applications that rely on the cloud.

It figures that since industrial and government cloud adoption is pretty much on par it’s a chance for government to take the lead in creating a unified cloud definition and standards that can be universally employed across all agencies and into industry.

The study is called “2009 Cloud Consensus Report – Bringing the Cloud Down to Earth.” It details the issues stalling the federal cloud transition, and makes recommendations to enable agency cloud-readiness.

It says that federal civilian and Defense Department respondents cited savings as the cloud’s top benefit – 63% of all federal respondents think the cloud is the key to reducing IT expenses.

However, 78% claimed that concerns over security are the biggest barrier to cloud adoption, while 41% also cited privacy concerns.

It says that while agencies wait on confidence-building success stories they can use the private cloud to centralize and virtualize their IT infrastructures and comply with federal mandates, such as continuity of operations (COOP).

See http://www.meritalk.com/2009-cloud-consensus.php for the full study results.

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