Quest Software Public Sector, Inc., a subsidiary of Quest Software, today announced the results of the Pulse on Public Sector Virtualization and Cloud Computing Study of federal, state and local, and higher education IT professionals. The survey was conducted by the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Norwich University, which was designated as a Center of Excellence by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security. The study reveals new and significant data on virtualization management, cloud computing attitudes, barriers and incentives to cloud adoption, as well as cloud’s impact on resource management, mandate compliance, and security standards.
“The survey reveals a number of noteworthy findings. What was most striking to me was that government and higher ed IT professionals have clearly expressed their preference for private and hybrid cloud models,” said William Clements, Ph.D., dean and professor at the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, Norwich University. “The survey results cast light on the critical importance of long-term planning and management of cloud computing, having an “exit strategy,” ensuring security, and successfully managing virtualized environments.”
Key findings of the Pulse on Public Sector Virtualization and Cloud Computing Study include:
Federal Market Findings
State and Local Market Findings
Higher Education Market Findings
"Cloud is not the only solution to every problem, but with proper planning and management, can provide numerous benefits to public sector organizations,” said Paul Garver, chief executive officer of Quest Software Public Sector. “At Quest, our mission is to help public sector organizations more rapidly mature and manage their virtualization environments, and leverage the foundation to provision virtualized resources quickly in a cloud environment,” he added.
The Norwich University poll of 646 respondents (307 federal; 128 state & local; and 211 higher education) was fielded, hosted, and analyzed from March – May 2011. Respondents included U.S. federal, state, local and municipal government, and higher education institution IT decision makers with the following job functions: C-Level Management/Command; Executive/Senior/Comptroller/Division Management; Programs/Project Management; Administration/Operation Management; and IT/IS/DP/Network/System Management. The survey had a margin of error of +/- 3.85% at the 95% confidence interval for aggregated results.
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About Norwich University
Norwich University, which was founded in 1819 as the nation’s oldest private military college, is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. The University is the birthplace of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance learning programs culminating in baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its nine graduate degrees are offered through its School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, and include the acclaimed Masters of Science in Information Assurance, which led to the designation of “National Center for Academic Excellence” by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. For more information, please visit http://graduate.norwich.edu/.
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