Despite a dwindling budget, 81 percent of higher education cloud adopters participating in a recent survey said their institution will increase spending on cloud technologies in 2017.

The MeriTalk study, “Destination Cloud: The Federal and SLED Cloud Journey,” underwritten by NetApp and Avnet Government Solutions, reveals which route higher education institutions are taking to reach their cloud destination.

60 percent of higher-ed institutions are integrating cloud technologies into their IT strategies. Overall, 55 percent of cloud adopters are evaluating cloud solutions as part of their overall IT strategy, and the remaining 45 percent are evaluating cloud technologies for a limited number of specific applications.

Though there is an initial cost up-front, cost savings is a key cloud driver, according to 59 percent of higher education participants. Gartner estimates that about $205 billion, or 6 percent of the world’s IT budget of $3.4 trillion, will be spent on cloud computing in 2016. It expects that number to grow to $240 billion in the next year, an estimated increase of 17 percent.

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