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Cloud computing solutions for federal governments

The challenge

Providing flexibility while reducing cost

Federal governments and agencies are facing budget constraints and are seeking cost savings in all areas, including IT. You may be under pressure to reduce costs, energy usage and space requirements of government data centers. You need to upgrade legacy systems to current technologies to help ensure flexibility, openness and transparency. Cloud-based solutions can increase your security and risk exposure, as your data is distributed across multiple systems and locations.

 


The solution

A security-rich cloud environment

Cloud computing solutions for federal governments from IBM can support your agency IT missions by delivering scalable and elastic computing solutions with security-rich, virtualized environments. Federal agencies can significantly reduce capital and operational costs through IT initiatives such as virtualizing servers, standardizing images and applications, consolidating data centers and moving to a security-rich cloud environment. Our federal government cloud solutions consist of flexible, multiple deployment models that can offer private, community, public and hybrid cloud services and provide your data center with reliable, optimized infrastructure. In addition, we offer collaboration services in the cloud designed to improve IT efficiency and service delivery. These include wikis, microblogs, staff profiles, instant messaging, web conferencing, email and various other items for social interaction, as well as support for mobile devices.

 


The benefits

Agency infrastructure consolidation

Our solutions help you reduce costs through virtualizing servers, standardizing images and applications, and consolidating data centers. You can support the sharing of infrastructure within your agency or with other agencies by enabling scalable, elastic computing solutions with virtualized server environments. We can also provide an enterprise-class security framework and services to help facilitate the appropriate level of risk protection for you.

 


The specifics

A reliable, optimized infrastructure

IBM has the technology, resources and experience that are required to help provide optimum cost and innovation value of cloud computing, regardless of the desired deployment model—private, community, public or hybrid. We provide a full suite of cloud offerings designed to be Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)-compliant, from strategy and solution design through deployment and support, including:

  • Cloud consulting offerings
    Cloud consulting strategy and planning services, infrastructure strategy and planning services and cloud computing scoping services
  • Private and preconfigured cloud offerings
    IBM private cloud offerings on either client or IBM Federal Data Center premises
  • Federal community cloud offerings
    Cloud computing services delivered from data centers designed by IBM to be FISMA-compliant, including infrastructure-as-a-services (IaaS) virtual images, platform-as-a-service (PaaS) virtual images, software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings and monthly subscription-based pricing for IaaS and PaaS