Study: Government agencies to invest more in cloud computing

Savings are the reason so many local, state and national agencies are migrating to the cloud. According to a new survey by KPMG, which polled nearly 430 government executives and managers across 10 countries, the public sector's adoption of the cloud has lagged behind that of the business world, but it is expected to accelerate soon.

In 2011, only 12 percent of government executives allocated more than 10 percent of their annual budgets to cloud web hosting. By the end of 2012, however, this number is anticipated to reach 28 percent, the study noted.

The United States, like most of the other countries in the survey, believes its agencies will benefit more by implementing a private or hybrid cloud. Federal organizations, for example, think the government can save around 6 percent of its total IT budget by migrating one-fourth of its IT services to these environments, the study said.

According to IDC, state, local and federal agencies will spend more than $82 billion on software, hardware and IT services in 2012. As cloud computing becomes more pervasive, chief information officers will also spend more time reviewing service level agreements to help other make the shift toward standardization.

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