Amazon, Others Will Develop Government Clouds, Too - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Cloud
Commentary
9/17/2009
09:48 AM
John Foley
John Foley
Commentary
Connect Directly
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Amazon, Others Will Develop Government Clouds, Too

Google, wisely, showed up at the U.S. government's cloud computing announcement this week with a plan to offer cloud services tailored to the needs of government agencies. You can bet that Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce, and other cloud providers will follow suit.

Google, wisely, showed up at the U.S. government's cloud computing announcement this week with a plan to offer cloud services tailored to the needs of government agencies. You can bet that Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce, and other cloud providers will follow suit.I have no inside information on Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, or Salesforce, but I don't need to hear of their plans to know that they will respond. The opportunity to offer cloud services to Uncle Sam is simply too great to pass up. And it's becoming clear that, while the feds are eager to deploy cloud services (witness the new Apps.gov site), they will require some tweaking of commercial services to suit their needs.

Among the requirements that cloud service providers can anticipate from government customers: dedicated infrastructure rather than multitenant; location-specific data storage inside the U.S.; detailed information on data center facilities; accreditation in designated government specifications (FISMA, for example); and government-specific licensing terms.

Not all of these steps will be insignificant. For example, offering cloud services on dedicated hardware is a break with the multitenant architectures that cloud service providers prefer. But they will do what they must to get the business of the General Services Administration and other federal cloud customers.

There's growing evidence that cloud providers are preparing to serve this market. Amazon has leased 110,000 square feet of data center space in northern Virginia, according to DataCenterKnowledge.com. Amazon's recently introduced Virtual Private Cloud could be used by government agencies to keep sensitive data on premises while tapping into Amazon's EC2 cloud. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels in a blog post says he's "looking forward to working closely with the federal CIOs to make sure our services can meet their requirements." That's what I'm talking about.

Salesforce has been a long-time proponent of the multitenant architecture, but Marc Benioff's company already knows how to break from that mold -- it only need a push.

And Microsoft, in a remarkable display of cloud portability, is already taking steps to move its Windows Azure cloud infrastructure from a data center from one state to another to avoid a hefty cloud tax. You can be sure that Microsoft is capable of developing a government cloud for federal CIO Vivek Kundra and his team and that it will.

Google was the first vendor to reveal plans for a government cloud. It won't be the last.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
InformationWeek Is Getting an Upgrade!

Find out more about our plans to improve the look, functionality, and performance of the InformationWeek site in the coming months.

News
Becoming a Self-Taught Cybersecurity Pro
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  6/9/2021
News
Ancestry's DevOps Strategy to Control Its CI/CD Pipeline
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  6/4/2021
Slideshows
IT Leadership: 10 Ways to Unleash Enterprise Innovation
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  6/8/2021
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
2021 State of ITOps and SecOps Report
2021 State of ITOps and SecOps Report
This new report from InformationWeek explores what we've learned over the past year, critical trends around ITOps and SecOps, and where leaders are focusing their time and efforts to support a growing digital economy. Download it today!
Video
Current Issue
Planning Your Digital Transformation Roadmap
Download this report to learn about the latest technologies and best practices or ensuring a successful transition from outdated business transformation tactics.
Slideshows
Flash Poll