Cloud Control: Moving to the Comfort Zone

As cloud deployments accelerate, there's no question that Federal agencies are reaping the benefits – improved agility, less IT complexity, and greater collaboration through shared services. But, while the benefits are clear, concerns around data stewardship and management can stop migrations in their tracks.

So how are Federal agencies dealing with the control challenge? To find out, NetApp and Arrow sponsored a MeriTalk survey of 153 Federal IT professionals closely involved in their agency's cloud implementations.

While only 44 percent of agencies have “mature” data governance practices in the cloud, 56 percent are currently in the process of implementing data stewardship or a more formal data governance program for their cloud services and vendors.

“The benefits cloud offers are immense, but with the introduction of new hybrid cloud architectures, data stewardship becomes even more complex, as data must be managed and accessed across any cloud. Federal agencies must establish enterprise wide governance practices, while deploying solutions that streamline data mobility and stewardship across cloud models. Cloud consumers must develop data management processes and role-based control mechanisms to ensure success,” said Kirk Kern, chief technology officer, NetApp U.S. Public Sector.

Download "Cloud Control: Moving to the Comfort Zone" to examine:

  • Cloud deployment growth projections
  • Why IT professionals are apprehensive about migrating IT services/applications to the cloud
  • Data stewardship barriers and progress toward enterprise-wide governance
  • How Federal agencies are working with their cloud service providers to manage the change