According to a recent post from GovTechWorks, 64 percent of federal IT managers prefer to keep most of their agency's cloud-based applications in a private cloud, due to compliance requirements with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). This marks a higher amount of private-cloud use in the federal sector than those from the state and local government as well as the higher education sector.
Of these agencies, most of their private cloud use occurs in three specific circumstances: Applications handling sensitive information; applications only used by a select user group; and applications that are continually evolving. Privacy and security concerns were the most likely reasons to prefer private cloud to public, the article noted. Federal IT managers were more likely to opt to have security functions in-house; to require data to be located on dedicated servers, storage, or network infrastructure; and to require access to systems for security and procedural audits.
However, the post stated, many agencies are using a shared private cloud with other agencies who have the same compliance needs and requirements as they do. The benefit of a shared private cloud is that it allows operators the size and scope they need to make cloud computing cost effective and ensure that compliance is met at every level.
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