Survey Finds Cloud Computing, Virtualization Top of Mind for Federal Government

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4th Annual FOSE government IT survey reports on shift to cloud computing, widespread adoption of virtualization management tools and impact of economic crisis on federal IT spending

Federal IT workers who attended FOSE this year had two things on their minds – cloud computing and virtualization management. The fourth annual survey administered at FOSE 2010 by ScienceLogic, a leading IT Operations and Cloud Management provider, asked federal government network engineers, systems administrators and IT managers about the impact the data center consolidation and continuing economic issues have had on their IT operations, as well as tracking major technological initiatives this year.

The numbers were up across the board on virtualization management, with 86% stating it was important or very important, 32% with tools in place and another 38% planning implementations this year. That is up from 74%, 29% and 23% respectively last year, signifying widespread acceptance as well as adoption for this trend that just a few years ago was considered more hype than reality.

The importance and adoption of cloud computing seems to be tracking similarly to virtualization management. Just a year ago, there was more debate on the very definition of cloud computing than there were real stories of adoption. This year, the success of projects such as the DISA cloud, GSA’s apps.gov, FedRAMP and general support of the cloud by Federal CIO Vivek Kundra and the Office of Management and Budget all contributed to the jump in numbers from survey respondents. All signs point to the cloud as the hottest topic in federal IT: cloud computing saw the largest increase in importance to federal IT workers surveyed – jumping 17% from 41% of respondents in 2009 rating it important or very important versus 58% in 2010. Actual adoption remains fairly low (7%) but planned cloud initiatives jumped from just 12% last year to 1 in 3 with cloud initiatives planned for this year. Private clouds are coming first, with 17% naming it on their list of major IT initiatives this year versus 13% listing public cloud plans.

“The shift to cloud computing is in process, and as the largest IT buyer in the world, the federal government acts as a barometer for just how massive it will be and how quickly the shift will occur,” said ScienceLogic CEO David Link. “The cloud has so many advantages for the federal government, that it makes sense for agencies to utilize the technology to develop more agile, scalable, and flexible IT infrastructure to manage mission-critical operations.”

Other Results
Impact of the recovering economy on federal IT spending:

  •     56% - Some projects stalled
  •     13% - No new projects
  •     13% - Major cost cutting
  •     13% - No effect

Impact of major federal data center consolidation (starting next year) on current or future IT projects:

  •     33% - Major impact
  •     31% - Minor impact
  •     20% - Wait and see
  •     16% - None

Impact of Federal CIO and CTO on government IT operations:

  •     31% - Major impact (only 15% in 2009)
  •     25% - Minor impact (36% in 2009)
  •     24% - Business as Usual (12% in 2009)
  •     20% - Wait and See (32% in 2009)

Other key trends:

  •     Green IT gained slightly in importance to those surveyed (from 61% last year to 67%), but the best news was the jump in actual tools in place (from 10% to 17%) and planned projects (from 24% to 29%).
  •     FISMA, always an important initiative to the majority of survey respondents, gained and lost a bit of ground this year with only 45% (42% last year) reporting tools in place and 13% (21% last year) with plans to put tools in place to help with FISMA compliance.

For detailed survey results or a comparison of past FOSE Government IT Surveys, please visit http://www.sciencelogic.com/pressrelease_20100506.htm.

About ScienceLogic
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