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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"The cloud fuels Microsoft, and Microsoft fuels the cloud," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said earlier this year. Now Microsoft, in partnership with Insight Public Sector, wants to fuel Uncle Sam's cloud. Insight, with revenue of $4.1 billion in 2009, is a major computer and software reseller and one of Microsoft's Gold Partners. This is an "outside the Beltway" combo; Microsoft is based in Redmond, Wash., and Insight in Tempe, Ariz.