IBM has launched a new private cloud environment to lure government organizations into cloud computing, a move that boosts the computer giant's cloud profile in an area that has become a new battleground for other cloud heavyweights like Google and Microsoft.
IBM's new Federal Community Cloud is specifically designed to give government organizations a secure, private cloud environment. It is part of IBM's Federal Data Centers (FDC) that are certified to host federal clients.
IBM said the new Federal Community Cloud (FCC) will enabled data and services to reside in security and salable data centers and be accessed by federal organizations at a lower cost. The environment provides a private multi-tenant cloud and access to distributed information and analytics solutions via cloud-based applications. IBM said it offers flexibility, speedier time to development and reduced costs. IBM is also offering access to consulting services and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), with Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) And Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) coming in the future.
The Federal Community Cloud is working to obtain the Fed Ramp certification to meet FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act) compliance standards in according with Federal Security Guidelines.
At the start, IBM has identified 15 federal government organizations that will work with the private cloud environment, including the Department of Housing & Urban Development, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Education, Department of Agriculture and Department of Health & Human Services. IBM will work with these agencies to offer cloud and data center capabilities to build, manage, operate and analyze their computing environments.
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