HP Achieves FedRAMP for Cloud Services

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HP, CenturyLink and NOVA all announce the ability to service U.S. government agencies:

HP achieves FedRAMP JAB for managed cloud services.  HP Enterprise Services announced that the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) has granted HP Enterprise Cloud Services – Virtual Private Cloud (ECS-VPC) for U.S. Public Sector a provisional Authority to Operate (pATO). The FedRAMP pATO represents the most rigorous standard for cloud service provider security as three of the largest federal agencies have scrutinized and provisionally authorized HP’s compliance with FedRAMP standards. The managed cloud services give public sector agencies consumption-based cloud computing, that can be managed by the requesting government agency, or by HP.  The HP ECS-VPC offering provides a robust security model for the underlying Cloud Support System and extends that security model to client systems through well-established, secure configuration baselines. “The high sensitivity of the data stored in the cloud requires government CIOs and IT managers to adopt cloud solutions that are trustworthy, reliable and consistent,” said Marilyn Crouther, senior vice president and general manager, U.S. Public Sector, HP Enterprise Services. “FedRAMP authorization represents a critical milestone in HP’s efforts to deliver a secure converged cloud to our U.S. government clients, helping us establish strong partnerships and increase clients’ confidence in the security of their cloud systems.”“The high sensitivity of the data stored in the cloud requires government CIOs and IT managers to adopt cloud solutions that are trustworthy, reliable and consistent,” said Marilyn Crouther, senior vice president and general manager, U.S. Public Sector, HP Enterprise Services. “FedRAMP authorization represents a critical milestone in HP’s efforts to deliver a secure converged cloud to our U.S. government clients, helping us establish strong partnerships and increase clients’ confidence in the security of their cloud systems.”

CenturyLink to resell Blue Ridge Networks to government. CenturyLink (CTL) announced that it has signed an agreement authorizing it to sell Blue Ridge Networks, Inc. trusted access cybersecurity solutions to its federal, state and local government clients. Sold via several contract vehicles, the Blue Ridge solutions are integrated within the infrastructure of Savvis, a CenturyLink company that is a global leader in cloud computing and managed hosting solutions for enterprises. “This sales agreement allows CenturyLink to offer an even wider array of cybersecurity solutions—including Blue Ridge’s customizable, fully managed network security systems—to our government clients,” said Diana Gowen, CenturyLink Public Sector senior vice president and general manager. “Through our relationship with Blue Ridge, CenturyLink can now offer government agencies our comprehensive portfolio of secure data, cloud, network and integrated managed solutions coupled with more all-encompassing protection against cyber attacks.”

NOVA wins DISA contract.  NOVA Corporation, an IT company owned by the Navajo Nation, announced that it has been selected as one of four firms awarded the DISA IT Enterprise Support Services (DESS), Infinite delivery / indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract. It was also awarded Task Order 0001-Operations, a contract worth $111,276,828.  “NOVA understands the Mission critical nature of services that DISA provides to our nations warfighters and we are pleased to support DISA through the DESS contract,” said NOVA CEO John Snider. “The contract work will take place at Fort George G. Meade, MD, providing a full range of IT services for DISA employees at the DISA Headquarters building. The contract will also support additional DISA employees accessing the enterprise via Local Area Networks (LANs) located within the continental U.S. and overseas Department of Defense (DoD) locations. DISA is anticipating numerous IT infrastructure consolidation initiatives across the DoD and anticipates other DoD organizations acquiring IT services from the DESS contract.”

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