Less than a third of National Health Service (NHS) trusts (30%) and less than two-thirds (61%) of central government departments have adopted any kind of public cloud in their organisation, a new research by IT management software provider SolarWinds has revealed.
SolarWinds has announced the results of its Freedom of Information (FOI) request into cloud adoption in the UK public sector.
Although four in every five NHS, central government and defence organisations are aware of the Government Cloud First policy, public cloud adoption is unequal, with significantly lower levels of adoption in NHS organisations.
Moreover, among these organisations, 41% of central government respondents and 79% of NHS respondents have plans to migrate everything to the cloud.
This is despite government guidelines making it mandatory for central government to evaluate public cloud solutions first.
The report pointed to the difficulty public sector organisations experience in monitoring the public cloud as part of their wider data infrastructure.
The report said approximately half of NHS (48%) and central government organisations (53%) use four or more monitoring tools to manage their infrastructure.
It said that 77% of NHS respondents and 55% of central government respondents either do not use the same monitoring tools across their infrastructure or are unsure if their monitoring and management tools are capable of working across on-premises and hybrid environments.
Nearly 53% of NHS respondents and 50% of central government respondents highlight legacy technology as one of the key barriers to public cloud adoption.
Less than one in five NHS trusts (17%) expect to see any ROI from public cloud adoption, and 6% explicitly state that they expect to see no ROI at all.
The biggest challenges to monitoring and managing the public cloud are determining suitable workloads for the cloud (49%), lack of control into cloud performance (47%), and protecting and securing the cloud (45%).
The report found that central government respondents are marginally more optimistic about seeing ROI from the cloud, with 18% currently expecting to see ROI, and 65% suggesting it is still too early to determine.
The report said the Ministry of Defence stated that it is using public cloud, but that less than 25% of its IT infrastructure had been migrated, and they had no plans to migrate everything to the cloud.