Horizon Wins Three Federal Cloud Deals

Horizon Data Center Solutions has deployed cloud computing solutions for three federal agencies, the company said today.  The announcement comes just one month after Horizon became one of the first vendors to secure an Authority to Operate (ATO) as a cloud services provider to the U.S. Government.

Horizon officials said the ATO approval cleared the way for Horizon to win business as the federal government implements a “cloud first” policy to shift suitable applications to a cloud delivery model.

“We’re excited about the traction we’ve established in this important sector,” said Horizon CEO Lance Black. “We were able to install these three customers rapidly, within days, to be specific.  As a certified and accredited solution provider under FISMA’s recommended security controls for federal information systems, we’re able to quickly deploy solutions for federal agencies without imposing an otherwise time consuming procurement process.”

Last week Horizons aid that it had achieved compliance with the new SSAE 16 Type II standards for all three of its data centers.  “Compliance is an important topic for our all of the sectors we serve,” said Black. “Our success with securing an ATO from the Government seems peripheral to the enterprise customers we support, but we actually view it as yet another way in which we’re proving the credibility of our vStructure.  It’s all related to our commitment to ensuring the security, stability and scalability of the infrastructure services we provide.”

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large 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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