GSA Chooses IaaS Vendors for US Government Cloud Computing Initiative “Apps.gov”
In an effort to tag more affordable solutions to government agencies, U.S. General Services Administration (www.gsa.gov) has awarded 11 companies in five years, government-wide Blanket Purchase Agreement to the infrastructure and service solutions available for all levels of government through the front door “Apps.gov.”
Accoridng the announcement of the Supervisory Authority this week will Apps.gov storage, virtualization and Web hosting solutions from multiple vendors for federal, state, local and tribal. These new offerings Cloud infrastructure is expected to help agencies realize cost savings, efficiency and modernization without having to spend capital resources expanding its existing infrastructure.
“Cloud Computing Services to help meet the commitment of this administration to provide better value for the American taxpayer, making government more efficient,” said federal chief information officer Vivek Kundra in a statement. “Cloud solutions not only help reduce the cost of government operations, but also foster innovation across government.”
Offer available through Apps.gov IaaS included in the letter of self that allows government entities to use and discontinue use of the products when and as needed and pooling of resources for virtually unlimited storage and automatic control the use of resources.
IaaS offer will also give real-time fast, personalized service expansion and automatic provisioning of virtual machines, storage and bandwidth, and visibility in the use of the service and order management through metered services .
“Through offerings such as IaaS, GSA is to provide government agencies with easy access to lower cost, high value and more efficient technology solutions, making it an important part of the procurement process in advance,” GSA Citizen Services Innovative Technologies and Associate Administrator Dave McClure said. “By continually working with industry, the cloud-based services is available through GSA Apps.gov are safe, compatible and save taxpayer money by reducing duplication of security processes across the government.”
Before making products available through IaaS Apps.gov, providers must complete the certification and accreditation at Moderate Impact FISMA data security managed by the GSA. Once granted permission to use the services will be available for purchase by government agencies through the store Apps.gov.
Many vendors are rating the support teams met and worked with partners in the development of quality services for government agencies. The awarded suppliers and associated equipment include Apptis (which partnered with Amazon Web Services), AT & T, state resources (which was associated with Carpathia, Enomaly, and Dell), CGI Federal Inc., World Computer Literacy (which is associated with Electrosoft, XO Communications and Secure Networks), Computer Technology Consultants (which partnered with SoftLayer), Eyak Tech LLC, General Dynamics Information Technology (which was associated with Carpathia), Vision of the Public Sector (which was associated with Microsoft), Savvis Federal Systems, and Verizon Federal Inc.