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Monday, October 10, 2008

Some More Cloud Computing Survey Results

As promised, here are some more results from the MIT/”Cloud Musings” on-line survey!

Please remember, THIS IS NOT A SCIENTIFIC SURVEY !! The purpose is only to get a sense of the government cloud computing marketplace.

Total responses – 121

Type of Respondent Organization
Federal Government – 41%
Industry – 37%
State/Local Government – 20%
Educational Institution – 2%

Familiarity with Cloud Computing
Somewhat familiar – 63%
Not at all – 21%
Very familiar – 17%

Geographic Distribution
North East – 41%
North Central – 17%
West – 15%
Southeast – 9%
South Central – 9%
OCONUS – 9%

Challenges to address with Cloud Computing
Capital Budget Limitations – 24%
Storage Limitations – 15%
Event driven information requirements – 13%
Ubiquitous information access – 13%
Composite application requirements (Mash-ups) – 10%
Data center limitations-  9%
Operational spikes exceed IT infrastructure capacity – 9%
Other – 7%

Main Concern
Security – 54%
Finance/Budget – 12%
Unfamiliar with technology – 12%
Access – 8%
Adoption by organization – 8%
Contracting vehicle – 4%
Use with existing grid – 4%

This is just a snapshot, but there are a few take-aways:
  • The federal government is definitely interested in cloud computing technology. State agencies are exploring the possibilities as well
  • 21% of the respondents knew nothing about cloud computing.
  • Respondents were concentrated in the northeast US.
  • Capital budget limitations is the leading driver of interest in cloud computing
  • Security is the main concern
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