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May 7, 2012

Security concerns inhibit cloud adoption in European public sector: Survey

Majority companies have no resources specifically assigned to cloud computing

By CBR Staff Writer

About 50% of the government organisations in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have revealed security concerns as the primary inhibitor for cloud adoption, according to a recent IDC survey.

The survey conducted in the government organisations in CEE countries whinch included the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Russia, shows IT professionals in government regard their security policies and practices as more than sufficient for handling cloud.

The research firm stated more than 60% of respondents in the government sector in the CEE countries have no resources specifically assigned to cloud computing.

IDC CEMA Government Insights research analyst Jan Petruj said PR and supplier promotions have done their job at the highest conceptual level, where the benefits of cloud computing are seen as pretty straightforward.

"The next step is addressing the myriad aspects that government bodies must simultaneously handle – data protection, legal requirements, cost, migration from legacy systems, budget cycles, election cycles, and so on – before the final decision to move to cloud is made," added Petruj.

"It is important to bear in mind that the hype is much bigger than the reality for cloud in governments in CEE, as it is in Western Europe and Asia."

So while we expect that cloud’s benefits will eventually win out and make it an important part of the IT ecosystem, it will take at least two or three years to establish a firm foothold in the region’s public sector."

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Within the list of planned cloud deployments, server capacity and collaboration applications top within the next one year.

The survey also reveals that data backup or archiving was most suitable function for private and hybrid cloud and the second most suitable for public cloud, while IT management is currently the application most frequently run from a cloud environment.

Nearly 40% of respondents agreed cloud solutions could reduce data loss by reducing the amount of data stored on desktops and notebooks.

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