Multi-cloud strategies are becoming an increasingly popular choice amongst companies in the high tech industry. In order to best manage their data and workloads, many established organizations need aspects of different types of IT infrastructure—some like the idea of the public cloud, but also want the consistency and security that the private cloud provides. Alternatively, a multi-cloud strategy eliminates the need for these organizations to choose just one type of cloud implementation.
The benefits of the cloud cannot be ignored within the healthcare industry, especially when considering cost savings and availability of electronic protected health information (ePHI). However, concerns over a cloud service provider’s availability, security, uptime and geographic location often deter healthcare organizations from making the IT leap—not to mention the perplexing federal and state security mandates that govern cloud compliance. Continue reading…
At the start of their cloud journey, many digital media companies are wooed by the public cloud. Its flexibility, scalability and low upfront costs seem too good to be true—especially for entrepreneurs who launch their business on a hope, a prayer and a personal laptop from their garage (or dorm room).
Imagine just-right capacity…100% compatibility between test and production environments…instant scalability… and a secure-FedRAMP platform on which you can develop and test your applications. Think it’s too good to be true? Continue reading…
The General Services Administration (GSA) recently published their first six-month progress report of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). Though the Program is still relatively new, it’s already making great strides in protecting data, saving money and modernizing systems.
Government IT systems have been under scrutiny since it was revealed in June that two large-scale hacks at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), resulting in the theft of 21.5 million employee personnel records.
According to a recent article on NextGov.com, cost savings and efficiency improvements are not the two biggest benefits for federal agencies. If that statement at first surprises you, you’re not alone – we were surprised too!
For systems integrators, bringing together all of the necessary components of an IT solution to meet the needs of each federal customer can be a complicated task. Add in complex federal compliance and security requirements and the need to support the Authorization to Operate (ATO) process for your customers’ systems, and you may find yourself looking outside your organization for partners that can help you meet the mark.
For a growing number of early adopting agencies, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions from authorized service providers are proving to be an immediate opportunity for rapid deployment of high performance, compliant cloud solutions. For many others, however, a lingering bias towards on-premise, government-run infrastructure and applications is adding complexity to cloud migration and slowing adoption rates across the government. Continue reading…
With more than 300 security controls, FedRAMP is one of the most difficult standards federal agencies must comply with. However, its purpose is extremely important. Designed to govern the security authorization process for cloud service providers and cloud-related resources, FedRAMP protects agencies from increased risk by dictating a standardized security baseline that can be achieved once and leveraged many times.