Terremark Enterprise Cloud to Power USA.gov
February 23rd, 2009 By: Rich Miller
The General Service Administration’s USA.gov web site will soon be powered by The Enterprise Cloud, the secure cloud computing platform from Terremark Worldwide (TMRK). The GSA has hired Terremark to provide hosting, storage, and disaster recovery services for the web portal, which serves as the primary web site for information about U.S. federal, state and local government services. Both USA.gov and its Spanish-language companion site, GobiernoUSA.gov, will move to cloud computing, the agency said.
GSA officials said they hope to reduce the cost of managing the web site by 50 percent, and share the agency’s experience with cloud computing with other government agencies. Members of the Obama administration’s tech team have described the use of cloud computing as “one of the most important transformations the federal government will go through in the next decade,” noting the cost advantages of cloud infrastructure.
The Enterprise Cloud is a managed infrastructure service running on Terremark’s Infinistructure utility computing platform. The service seeks to marry the advantages of Amazon’s utility computing platform – especially scalability and rapid deployment – with enterprise-ready reliability to support mission-critical applications.
“GSA’s choice of The Enterprise Cloud to host USA.gov proves the reliability and compelling value proposition our cloud computing platform offers to Federal government agencies,” said Jamie Dos Santos, President and CEO of Terremark Federal Group. “As organizations search for the most agile and cost-effective solutions to their IT infrastructure needs, The Enterprise Cloud provides a scalable and dynamic platform designed to meet their real-time needs.”
Terremark’s focus on government hosting paid dividends in its most recent quarter, as the company’s federal revenue grew to $17.9 million with record bookings of $8.6 million. Terremark said the government stimulus package and its $3.4 billion in IT infrastructure spending represent a unique opportunity for the Miami-based company.
“We believe our experience providing enterprise-class cloud computing services to the commercial market, and our vast experience working with government customers, ideally positions us to benefit as more and more Federal government agencies adopt cloud computing solutions to meet their IT needs.” said Manuel D. Medina, Terremark’s Chairman and CEO.
Perhaps the most important factor in the growth of Terremark’s federal business has been Terremark’s decision to build the NAP of the Capital Region, the company’s $250 million data center campus in Culpeper, Virginia. The first 50,000 square foot data center opened in June 2008 and is already 80 percent full. Terremark recently broke ground on the second 50,000 square foot “pod,” which is 30 percent pre-leased.