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Study finds agencies still apprehensive about cloud migration

Despite wanting to increase the use of cloud computing, 89 percent of federal IT professionals still feel apprehensive about migration, according to a recent MeriTalk report.

The report, Cloud Control: Moving to the Comfort Zone, found that of that 89 percent, 43 percent likened cloud migration to giving their child the keys to their new convertible.

The problem is not that agencies don’t understand the benefits of the cloud—55 percent of respondents answered that the cloud makes data management easier—but that many agencies face roadblocks like the challenges of remediation for data exceptions, data integration, and collaboration/interoperability, MeriTalk reported.

Fifty-four percent of respondents answered that they were primarily concerned with security.

When agencies do opt for migration, 62 percent of respondents said that they felt most comfortable turning their IT services and applications over to cloud providers. To access the report, click here.

About the Author

Mark Hoover is a senior staff writer with Washington Technology. You can contact him at mhoover@washingtontechnology.com, or connect with him on Twitter at @mhooverWT.

Reader Comments

Thu, Sep 11, 2014

Interesting to note recent NextGov article, "Is there any part of the government that has not been hacked yet" When Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee members asked Robert Anderson, the executive assistant director for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services branch, how much of government hasn’t been hacked yet, he offered a stark reply. Despite demurring that he probably couldn’t answer the question exactly “off the top of his head,” Anderson said any part of government that hasn’t been hacked yet probably has been hacked – and hasn’t realized it yet.

Wed, Sep 10, 2014

Actually the primary reason to move to proven commercial cloud providers is for better security. They have way more expertise, constantly improved processes, run on more secure Linux systems, and can update their systems much faster than on premise systems.

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