Agencies open up to OpenStack

A new survey of government IT professionals indicates widening use and acceptance of open source technology for the cloud.

Three out of four government IT professionals in a new poll say their agencies are now using cloud computing services. The new survey also found that a significant portion of the respondents have favorable perceptions about the cost, security and ease of deploying the popular open source software platform, OpenStack, for their on-premises cloud computing initiatives.

The findings indicate that open source technology, like OpenStack, is coming into wider use within government agencies, with about one-fourth of government respondents reporting that their agencies currently use open source technology for their on-premises cloud services. The technology manages large clusters of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter as an alternative to using proprietary cloud software.

The study also identified a greater commitment toward technologies that permit rapid, iterative development: Seven in 10 government respondents said their agencies are using, planning or considering adopting agile software development methods.

Cloud computing continues to offer a way forward to modernizing aging IT systems in government.  Among federal and state government respondents who said their agencies aren’t currently using cloud services, two-thirds said their agencies plan to use them in the next 12 to 24 months.