Government clouds: IaaS yes, public clouds no

IDC says spending growth is 'through the roof' to $1.7B next year, $7.7B by 2017

Sequestration may be slowing government spending on new technology, but cloud usage is set to spike over the next several years, according to a new report by IDC.

As covered by The Register, the report finds that private cloud remains the preferred flavor. Security concerns appear to be deterring public cloud uptake by government agencies despite efforts by Amazon, HP and Microsoft to gain FISMA and FedRAMP certification.

Also, IaaS (infrastructure as a service) is more prevalent in government than software or platform (SaaS and PaaS) solutions.

Overall, IDC projects government cloud usage to zoom from current levels ($1.5 billion in 2012; $1.7 billion in 2014) up to nearly $7.7 billion by 2017. However, as a ZDNet writeup indicates, this depends on sequestration-induced stagnation ending by mid-2014.

Read more:
ZDNet's analysis
The Register's take
- the IDC research brief

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