How Cloud computing is changing the Government
In spite of lingering security concerns, government agencies are increasingly adopting Cloud computing solutions.
For the past decade, there has been an increasing trend in private sector organizations to transition their IT infrastructures to the Cloud to meet network needs and expand performance. In the four years since the White House issued its “Cloud First” policy― an initiative intended to increase operational efficiency as well as reduce the total investment in data centers within the federal government — Cloud implementations in the government sector have grown steadily. According to Forbes magazine’s Roundup of Cloud Computing Forecast and Market Estimates, “42% of IT decision makers are planning to increase spending on Cloud computing in 2015.” Over the past several years, government agencies have struggled to manage diminishing budgets and resources while simultaneously delivering effective IT services. As a result, agencies have turned to the Cloud as a means of lowering IT costs and realizing other Cloud-related advantages such as improved scalability, collaboration, accessibility, security, and efficiency.
According to the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, the Cloud First policy requires agencies to consider a Cloud computing option before making any new investments. Based on agency estimates reported to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the report stated “An estimated $20 billion of the Federal Government’s $80 billion in IT spending is a potential target for migration to Cloud computing solutions.”
Although initially cautious with regards to potential security threats, the federal government is beginning to shift from using in-house data centers to employing cloud based alternatives. Data ownership and security have been among the top concerns within the public sector as agencies were reluctant to migrate sensitive data from something they managed and controlled on premise to an outsourced Cloud provider. In addition, many agencies lacked the migration experience or had difficulties reconfiguring their legacy systems to be Cloud-ready.
Although these remain top concerns, new Cloud computing deployment methods and first-adopter success stories have alleviated many security-related concerns. A Forbes Insight Cloud report stated “What began as a national policy initiative is now cascading, not merely at the federal level but also into the practices of numerous state and local jurisdictions.” The increased adoption of Cloud-enabled technologies can be partially attributed to flexible deployment strategies, including hybrid models where agencies can still internally manage sensitive information while moving other applications to the public Cloud.
Today, Cloud adoption still varies across the government sector. Government Cloud adoption is expected to accelerate in the next few years with an “annual average growth rate in federal spending on Cloud, reaching $6.5 billion by 2019” according to Deltek’s Federal Industry Analysis. In both the public and private sectors, each Cloud strategy is different based on varying business requirements and needs. To ensure a smooth Cloud transition in your organization, consult a trusted Cloud partner to help outline your Cloud strategy and architecture.
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