Report: Federal cloud adoption on the rise

Ever since federal agencies were pressured to migrate to the cloud, decision-makers and IT departments have been researching, planning and deploying cloud services in an effort to remain compliant and efficient in today's rapidly evolving digital landscape. This was highlighted in a recent InformationWeek Government study of more than 103 federal IT executives.

The survey revealed that half of respondents are capitalizing on their cloud strategies or have already begun to do so, compared to only 40 percent in 2011. Approximately 18 percent of these agencies are assessing or leveraging the public cloud, while 14 percent are using the private cloud. This will likely change in the coming years, however, as roughly 39 percent of decision-makers said they plan to pursue the private cloud.

While there are multiple reasons for deploying the private cloud, 75 percent of respondents said the primary benefit was having better control over physical security. Another 61 percent said they plan to use the private cloud because of its robust data protection, while another 59 percent said they are going to do so because it is easier to remain compliant with federal regulations, according to InformationWeek Government.

General cloud computing benefits driving adoption
The advantages of using cloud services in federal government are the same offered to the private sector. According to the study, one of the most important reasons for making the transition to the cloud is to reduce IT expenses associated with reinvesting in services and data center hardware. This demand is largely driven by the growing perception that the cloud can be less expensive than traditional IT systems.

Other top reasons for moving to the cloud include the ability to improve collaboration between other federal agencies, have faster delivery of software and the power to provide unique cloud infrastructure services to individual users and departments, InformationWeek Government reported.

A separate report by Market Research Media forecast the federal cloud market to expand at a compound annual growth rate of more than 16 percent from 2013 through 2018, at which time it will generate approximately $10 billion in revenue.

As the overall cloud market continues to unfold, the public sector will make a fast transition to adopt the services in an effort to remain compliant, secure and efficient without jeopardizing financial stability in an otherwise unpredictable economy.

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