Which players figure to benefit if the U.S. government’s looming data center consolidation 
shifts large numbers of federal applications from in-house data centers to cloud computing platforms? In recent weeks, key players in the government computing niche have been positioning their cloud offerings ahead of the announcement of the consolidation initiative. Here are the companies whose track record and cloud platforms have positioned them for leadership in this lucrative niche:
The huge hardware and software giant designed and built a secure cloud computing platform 
for the Department of Defense. The cloud initiative, known as RACE 
(Rapid Access Computing Environment) is designed to reduce costs, consolidate applications and shorten delivery times for DoD computing projects. On Feb. 16 HP announced a Cloud Design Service 
to provide consulting services for organizations building large-scale hybrid cloud environments. The company’s EDS unit has been a leading systems integrator for government agencies, including DHS and the FDA.
: Big Blue is an established player in the government IT arena, and is already building a cloud platform for the U.S. Air Force 
that is designed to be “capable of supporting defense and intelligence networks.”
Last June CSC announced Trusted Cloud Services 
, a cloud computing offering that will build on the company’s historic strength managing highly-secure data center infrastructure for government and enterprise clients. CSC is partnering with Terremark and Microsoft, among others, to support its offering.
: The colocation and managed hosting specialist has been among the early winners 
in the government cloud shift, hosting the Data.gov and USA.gov 
web sites on its cloud platform, while benefiting from CSC’s presence as the anchor tenant 
in its NAP of the Capital Region 
data fortress in Culpeper, Virginia.
This managed hosting provider is currently hosting Apps.gov 
, an online storefront for cloud services and applications for federal agencies. It just reorganized its cloud offerings – which include IaaS, PaaS and SaaS services – under the Savvis Symphony brand.
: This managed services provider has a strong base of federal customers, and has been expanding in Virginia with a new data center 
and its acquisition of ServerVault 
. Last week Carpathia said it would team with Citrix 
to offer cloud solutions for government agencies.
: The cloud computing market leader has launched a federal division 
and is partnering with partnering with Apptis 
, an experienced player in the government IT arena. The company is also building a new data center 
to expand its presence in northern Virginia.
: Last week Microsoft unveiled a new, dedicated government cloud as part of Microsoft Online Services. The company says its new Business Productivity Online Suite Federal 
offering is customized for the security, privacy and compliance needs of U.S. federal government agencies.
Last September Google unveiled plans 
for a government cloud platform that will become operational in 2010. “Offering the same services and features as our existing commercial cloud (such as Google Apps), this dedicated environment within existing Google facilities in the US will serve the unique needs of US federal, state, and local governments,” the company said.
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URLs in this post:
 data center consolidation: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2010/03/01/feds-commence-huge-data-center-consolidation/
 cloud computing platform: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/07/10/hp-moving-defense-department-into-the-cloud/
 RACE: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/12/04/dod-cloud-will-save-us-hundreds-of-millions/
 Cloud Design Service: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2010/02/16/hp-announces-cloud-design-service/
 U.S. Air Force: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/29326.wss
 Trusted Cloud Services: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/06/01/csc-enters-cloud-leading-with-security/
 early winners: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/11/10/surge-in-federal-cloud-revenue-for-terremark/
 USA.gov: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/02/23/terremark-enterprise-cloud-to-power-usagov/
 anchor tenant: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/01/27/terremark-csc-eye-fed-clouds-on-the-horizon/
 NAP of the Capital Region: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/06/16/inside-terremarks-culpeper-data-fortress/
 hosting Apps.gov: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/09/15/apps-gov-launches-hosted-at-savvis/
 new data center: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/06/26/carpathia-expands-virginia-data-center/
 acquisition of ServerVault: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/09/02/carpathia-hosting-acquires-servervault/
 team with Citrix: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2010/02/26/carpathia-citrix-launch-cloud-partnership/
 federal division: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/06/18/amazon-pitches-the-federal-cloud/
 partnering with Apptis: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/09/25/amazon-apptis-partner-on-fedcloud/
 new data center: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/06/23/amazon-adds-cloud-data-center-in-virginia/
 Business Productivity Online Suite Federal: http://www.microsoft.com/industry/government/products/bpos/default.mspx
 unveiled plans: http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2009/09/google-apps-and-government.html
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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