On Tuesday the Merlin Federal Cloud Initiative released the "2009 Cloud Consensus Report – Bringing the Cloud Down to Earth" study, which reveals that though cloud computing is considered the hot technology topic today, neither the private nor the public sectors have a clear under standing of what cloud computing fully encompasses. Further, the report finds that:
Ø Only 13 percent of private and public sector IT executives report that their organization or agency is using cloud computing; however, 44 percent are using applications that rely on the cloud
Ø 90 percent of agencies and organizations that have implemented cloud computing report that their implementations were successful
Ø 63 percent of government and industry executives believe cloud computing is the key to reducing their IT expenses
Ø Security and privacy concerns are the biggest barriers for cloud computing
The full report gives context to where industry and government is today with regard to cloud computing, and touches on what’s stalling the Federal cloud transition. Check out the full report at http://www.meritalk.com/2009-cloud-consensus.php.