Nearly a dozen teams of technology vendors have been approved to provide IT infrastructure as a service to government agencies through Apps.gov, the General Services Administration's cloud computing portal. The new blanket service agreement makes it possible for federal, state and local government agencies to order on-demand virtual servers, cloud storage and web hosting as needed from GSA-approved service providers. Cloud vendors must satisfy FISMA's "moderate impact" data security level to par
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AT&T launched its Synaptic cloud services for the business market in 2009, an outgrowth of the company's hosted infrastructure offerings. AT&T's pay-per-use storage (based on EMC's Atmos platform) and its virtualized, on-demand servers are offered to government agencies from the company's own data centers. AT&T provides wireless voice and data services and devices to the feds through Networx and other umbrella contracts.