Model is Amazon GovCloud. Up to 30,000 servers are initially to be accommodated in two special data centers. IBM is investing $ 1.2 billion here, bringing its cloud partners into government talks. Also Microsoft is preparing an offer of this kind.
IBM announces the construction of SoftLayer cloud data centers for US government agencies modeled after Amazon’s GovCloud. They originate in Dallas (Texas) and Ashburn (Virginia). In them, initially up to 30,000 servers can be accommodated.
The facilities must comply with the requirements of the US Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program ( FedRAMP ) and the Federal Information Security Management Act ( FISMA ) in order to be eligible for the intended target group. IBM also provides that its SoftLayer partners in the two facilities can also offer services to authorities.
IBM is already an important IT service provider to the US government in several areas. In parallel with the SoftLayer announcement, it has also deployed its Bluemix platform as a cloud service for governments. In addition, it plans a special security center tailored to public authorities. Overall, the expansion of the data centers and infrastructure will cost 1.2 billion dollars.
IBM stressed the importance of its public agency clients over the past year with a lawsuit seeking to contract a CIA contract with Amazon Web Services (AWS)contest. As a result, Amazon’s offer does not meet all the requirements of the project. Which are the exact, is primarily due to the necessary secrecy, however, unclear. But the cloud strategy of the CIA seems to provide for using big data for intelligence. Amazon Web Services will help build a private cloud infrastructure to leverage new technology cost effectively. Amazon’s contract with the CIA is said to have a volume of around $ 600 million and runs for over ten years. This is also accompanied by a recognition of AWS as a secret service compatible service provider. The judge finally decided in favor of Amazon.
Private and hybrid cloud environments in particular are the focus of SoftLayer, which positions IBM as an alternative to AWS. In 2013, it acquired the Infrastructure as a Service provider . Amazon’s GovCloud has met regulatory requirements since 2011 to allow US government agencies to migrate confidential work processes to the cloud.
Microsoft also made public plans for a government-enabled cloud service last year. The product, which was developed under the name “Fairfax”, is intended specifically for the US government. At the Fairfax site in Virginia, the General Services Administration resides – a relevant target group of the offering.
Other governments than the US are not yet covered by the above-mentioned service providers. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels praised the GovCloud in June 2013 as an ” exportable model of success “.