Survey: What feds really think about cloud computing

Sunday - 4/17/2011, 3:55pm EDT

29 percent of federal IT professionals are currently using cloud computing and another 29 percent plan to be using it within the next 12 months, according to the latest survey from InformationWeek Government and InformationWeek Analytics.

InformationWeek surveyed 137 federal IT pros for the survey.

Some of the other major findings in the survey:

  • 21 percent say they are shifting to cloud services to comply with guidance from the Office of Management and Budget.
  • 62 percent say they are taking the jump into the cloud to lower IT costs.
  • 77 percent say security is a major concern in moving to the cloud.
  • 46 percent say they are “already using or highly likely to use private clouds.”
  • 11 percent say they are “highly likely to adopt commercial cloud services.”
  • 22 percent say they are likely to use commercial clouds that have been adapted for government customers.
  • 44 percent are unfamiliar with FedRAMP. (FedRAMP was established “to provide a standard approach to assessing and authorizing cloud computing services and products” across government, according to the CIO Council website.)
  • 53 percent are unfamiliar with NIST’s new program, the Standards Acceleration to Jumpstart Adoption of Cloud Computing. (SAJACC helps develop cloud computing standards.)