A survey of government agencies has found that two-thirds have identified applications they plan to move to the cloud and half of those have started the migration process in keeping with outgoing Federal CIO Vivek Kundra’s Cloud First policy.

The survey, conducted by ScienceLogic at last week’s FOSE conference in Washington, found that while government agencies are making the move to the cloud, they have reservations about the technology.

Of those that have started migrating to the cloud, 92% say they are concerned about the performance and availability of services, and 63% percent say they will require additional tools to manage and monitor government cloud resources.

The Cloud First policy, laid out by Kundra in December of 2010, requires all government agencies to identify and migrate three “must move” services to cloud solutions within 18 months, with at least one service fully migrated within 12 months. Interestingly, 65% of those surveyed say they are concerned the budget to implement the policy will shrink after Kundra resigns from his post in August.

“While our survey indicates the Cloud First policy has not achieved rapid adoption, two-thirds of respondents have taken some action towards cloud deployments, highlighting the continued desire for cloud computing within the government,” David Link, chief executive of ScienceLogic, said in a statement.

“An overwhelming majority, however, are concerned about safeguarding IT services in this new cloud environment, which may be why swift government cloud adoption has stalled.”


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