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GSA Releases Cloud Computing RFQ

Cloud computing is a major part of President Obama's reform effort

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Following through on a much anticipated action, GSA released their Cloud Computing Request For Quotation (RFQ) today. Cloud computing is a major part of President Obama's reform effort and this RFQ focuses on IaaS service offerings available within a public cloud deployment model. The implementation is a Low Impact System as defined in National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 199.

According to that publication, the potential impact is low if the loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability could be expected to have a limited adverse effect on organizational operations, organizational assets, or individuals. A limited adverse effect means that, for example, the loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability might:

  • cause a degradation in mission capability to an extent and duration that the organization is able to perform its primary functions, but the effectiveness of the functions is noticeably reduced;
  • result in minor damage to organizational assets
  • result in minor financial loss; or
  • result in minor harm to individuals.

The objective of this RFQ is to offer three key service offerings through IaaS providers for ordering activities and have been divided into three distinct Lots:

  • Lot 1: Cloud Storage Services (Section 4.3.1)
  • Lot 2: Virtual Machines (Section 4.3.2)
  • Lot 3: Cloud Web Hosting (Section 4.3.3)

 

A excerpt of the presentation is available below.

 

The full hour long  video presentation on the Federal Cloud Computing Initiative is also available.

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Kevin Jackson, founder of the GovCloud Network, is an independent technology and business consultant specializing in mission critical solutions. He has served in various senior management positions including VP & GM Cloud Services NJVC, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and VP Program Management Office at JP Morgan Chase. His formal education includes MSEE (Computer Engineering), MA National Security & Strategic Studies and a BS Aerospace Engineering. Jackson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979 and retired from the US Navy earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Airborne Logistics and Airborne Command and Control. He also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide. Kevin is the founder and author of “Cloud Musings”, a widely followed blog that focuses on the use of cloud computing by the Federal government. He is also the editor and founder of “Government Cloud Computing” electronic magazine, published at Ulitzer.com. To set up an appointment CLICK HERE