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Survey: Government IT Workers Prefer Hybrid, Private Clouds

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May 26, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via InformationWeek Government

Government and public-sector IT professionals think hybrid or private clouds will be a better option for use in their agencies over than next five years than public clouds, a new survey has found.

More than 36% of IT professionals in federal, state, and local governments believe that a hybrid cloud model–some combination of private and public cloud use–will be the best fit for their organizations in the near term, according the recently released study “Pulse on Virtualization and Cloud Computing” (PDF).

Moreover, 28% said they prefer a private cloud, while only 7% thought public clouds were a good idea. Sixteen percent showed interest in a community option, 3% preferred none of the options presented in the survey, and 9% said they didn’t know which cloud option would serve their organization best over the next five years.

Quest Software Public Sector, a subsidiary of Quest Software, commissioned the survey, which was conducted by the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Norwich University. Norwich is a private military college that is also a National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence.

Norwich polled 646 government IT professionals from federal civilian, federal defense, and intelligence agencies, as well as professionals from state, local, and municipal government. State higher-education agency professionals also responded to the survey.

Not surprisingly, support for private clouds at the federal level was even higher than at the state or local level, with 37 percent of federal IT professionals preferring a private cloud to either a hybrid or public model, according to the survey.

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