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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Computer Literacy World, a small business in Upper Marlboro, Md., has teamed with Electrosoft, XO Communications and Secure Networks to provide infrastructure as a service through GSA's Apps.gov site. Communications service provider XO Communications appears to be the biggest vendor among this relatively obscure group; its parent company, XO Holdings, generated $1.5 billion in revenue in 2009. Computer Literacy World provides infrastructure services on Apps.gov beginning at 9 cents per hour for 1 GB of RAM as part of a virtual machine bundle.