Nearly ninety per cent of federal government IT professionals are apprehensive about migrating their agencies’ systems to the cloud, with many migration projects still being held up by cloud-related data governance challenges, recently published research by MeriTalk reveals. Research by the same firm earlier this summer suggests these agencies could be missing out on roughly $19bn in savings.
The Australian Government has updated its cloud computing strategy in a move that will see most public sector bodies compelled to consider cloud-based software and services over legacy alternatives for any new ICT investments and service refreshes.
Linux incumbent Red Hat has launched a consulting practice in the US aimed at helping government agencies at all levels to manage and run cloud services. The company said it wants to help alleviate some of the major pain points government bodies experience when moving to the cloud.
A broad survey of UK public servants published Tuesday suggests a majority are still unaware of the UK Government’s G-Cloud initiative despite a series of high-profile deployments and combined sales of close to £250m. But some cloud service vendors believe the survey results suggest GDS’s efforts to make the cloud procurement programme more visible are paying off.
Bristol City Council has selected Eduesrv’s managed cloud services as part of a council-wide building consolidation effort. The deal, worth an estimated £1.5m over two years, will help support a massive cost savings programme currently underway at the Council according to Steven Pendleton, service manager commissioning and supplier relationship management at Bristol City Council.
Cloud-based procurement and spend analytics software provider cloudBuy has won a deal with an Australian state government to provide an e-procurement marketplace for the treasury and IT departments. Lyn Duncan, chief executive officer of cloubBuy told BCN that the deal is also a sign Australian government is starting to warm to cloud services.
The lack of guidance and clarity surrounding the new G-Cloud Security Approach and the recently changed Government Security Classifications will likely further hinder adoption of cloud services in the UK public sector, according to Databarracks, a G-Cloud supplier.
In what appears to be the first of its kind in the US, the California Department of Technology and IBM have announced CalCloud, a shared, state-wide cloud platform where municipalities and all state and local government agencies can subscribe to different kinds of cloud services.
According to research published this week, although nearly three in every four US federal government agencies using at least one cloud service, most federal government IT staff see a very limited role for cloud services within their overall IT strategy. MeriTalk and AT&T, the firms that commissioned the research, claim the feds may be missing out on nearly $19bn in IT savings.
Cloud and hosting provider Outsourcery claims that with impending EU data protection regulations coming into place cloud vendors will need to become more transparent with their data handling policies or risk further regulation and slowed cloud services uptake.