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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Michael Dell's company is so serious about cloud computing that it once tried to trademark the term. Dell's trademark application was denied, but the company continues to push aggressively into the cloud market, as evidenced by its pending acquisition of Boomi, a startup that specializes in SaaS integration. Dell is pushing into the government market through an alliance with Autonomic Resources, Carpathia Hosting and Enomaly. Autonomic Resources, the prime contractor, qualifies for federal contracts as a "small disadvantaged business," as designated by the Small Business Administration.