Cloud Computing Store on Horizon

The General Services Administration is interested in helping to provide software-as-a-service (SaaS) to federal agencies. The GSA is taking a significant step toward establishing an online storefront with “cloud computing” offerings.

According to the GSA, “cloud computing is a major initiative to modernize information technology (IT) within the government. It has the capability to reduce the cost of IT infrastructure using commercially available technology that is based on virtualization of servers, databases and applications to allow for capital cost savings.”

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra — a strong advocate of cloud computing — thinks that the government could save billions of dollars. In July, he announced that GSA will launch an online storefront for cloud services in an attempt to replicate the shopping experience on commercial sites such as Amazon.com.

According to the GSA notice, the contractor will be responsible for supplying, securing, monitoring and maintaining the hardware, networks and software that support the service offered. Additionally, the contractor must document that low- and moderate-risk systems are secure.

GSA is expected to release a second RFQ (request for quote) for infrastructure as a service during the next couple of weeks. No date has yet been set for the release of the cloud storefront.

The General Services Administration is interested in helping to provide software-as-a-service (SaaS) to federal agencies. The GSA is taking a significant step toward establishing an online storefront with “cloud computing” offerings.

According to the GSA, “cloud computing is a major initiative to modernize information technology (IT) within the government. It has the capability to reduce the cost of IT infrastructure using commercially available technology that is based on virtualization of servers, databases and applications to allow for capital cost savings.”

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra — a strong advocate of cloud computing — thinks that the government could save billions of dollars. In July, he announced that GSA will launch an online storefront for cloud services in an attempt to replicate the shopping experience on commercial sites such as Amazon.com.

According to the GSA notice, the contractor will be responsible for supplying, securing, monitoring and maintaining the hardware, networks and software that support the service offered. Additionally, the contractor must document that low- and moderate-risk systems are secure.

GSA is expected to release a second RFQ (request for quote) for infrastructure as a service during the next couple of weeks. No date has yet been set for the release of the cloud storefront.

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