Ambitions for Federal Cloud Outlined in RFQ

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The federal government has issued its Cloud Computing Request for Quotation (RFQ) (link via Kevin Jackson), which outlines the framework for Obama administration’s planned deployment of cloud technologies. The document outlines the U.S. government’s requirements for an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering with three distinct components: cloud storage, virtual machines, and cloud web hosting. The program will be impolemented by the General Services Administration (GSA) through a Cloud Computing Storefront, a catalog outlining predefined services that government agencies can provision on third-party IaaS platforms. The RFQ seeks a service level agreement of 99.95 percent availability

For an overview of the government Cloud Computing RFQ, check out this presentation on Scribd.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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