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dinsdag, mei 01, 2012

Cloud Saves Feds $5B A Year, Study Finds

Is the cloud all about cost savings, or lucrative long-term contracts with cloud providers? Image: Tax Credits/Flickr

The federal government is saving about $5.5 billion annually by moving to cloud services, according to a new study that interviewed 108 federal CIOs and IT managers. But if the government was even more aggressive in moving to the cloud, it could have saved $12 billion.

The ?Cloudy with a Chance of Savings Study,? published by MeriTalk Cloud Computing Exchange, found that the key thing holding back additional savings was security concerns regarding moving from om-premises to the cloud. Additional concerns: ?Culture (at 38 percent), and service levels (at 32 percent). Further, Federal government respondents noted there is, to a degree, more opposition from leadership in cloud adoption. Leading the hesitancy towards cloud were IT leadership (at 20 percent), program management (at 18 percent), and legal (at 17 percent).?

Meritalk, ?an online community and go-to resource for government IT,? announced these findings at its inaugural Cloud Computing Brainstorm last week. The event was co-hosted by U.S. Senators Carper (D-Del.) and Brown (R-Mass.)

?At a time when we?re facing record budget deficits, it?s clear that the Federal government needs to do a better job of protecting our scarce taxpayer dollars and curbing wasteful spending on assets it doesn?t need,? Senator Tom Carper said in a statement. ?There?s probably no better example of this financial mismanagement than the $80 billion we spend each year on IT. The Obama Administration has made remarkable progress in its efforts to reduce unnecessary IT spending, but we still have more work to do.?

?That?s why it?s so important that we keep up this momentum and push forward on the Federal government?s cloud computing initiative. By consolidating Federal data centers and moving the government to lighter, cheaper technologies, such as the cloud, we can provide better results for less money to the American people,? Sen. Carper said.

?What this survey shows us is that cloud computing is on track to enable a faster, smarter government,? Senator Scott Brown said in the statement. ?Open, honest debates like the Brainstorm encourage us to work together to make better decisions. The Federal government should be one of the leaders of this pack.?

Steve O?Keeffe, the founder of MeriTalk, said: ?Cloud cuts cost. Cash-strapped citizens are ready to cozy up to cloud ch?ching.?

Weigh in: Is the cloud all about cost savings, or lucrative long-term contracts with cloud providers?


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