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.