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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Amazon.com, one of the early leaders in the cloud computing market, has teamed with privately held Apptis, a systems integrator specializing in the federal government market, to provide infrastructure as a service to federal agencies through GSA's Apps.gov. Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud service has been a trailblazer in the private sector, and the partnership with Apptis represents Amazon's first big step into the federal sector. Amazon is expanding data center capacity in Oregon (pictured) and elsewhere to support the growth of its Amazon Web Services business.