Government Cloud Services Firm CGS Names Former ServerVault Chief John Kraft its CEO

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Government IT and cloud service provider Clear Government Solutions Inc said this week that it had named hosting industry veteran John Kraft its CEO.

Kraft was previously president, CEO and board member for ServerVault, a managed hosting provider with a focus on providing solutions that met with Federal government compliance need – a highly specialized market in the hosting space. At ServerVault, Kraft designed the go-to-market strategy and built the executive team.

ServerVault was acquired by Carpathia Hosting in 2009. That Carpathia a hosting provider well known for specializing in serving government agencies could probably be considered a good indicator of the success ServerVault had in executing on its plan to build IT solutions for the government space.

Before ServerVault, Kraft was president and COO at the US enterprise and federal division of PSINet.

“The dramatic cost-savings and flexibility driven by cloud-based services combined with the Federal government’s Cloud First mandate is fueling a wave of demand for Federally-compliant cloud infrastructure services,” said Kraft, quoted in the press release. “With its Federal IT certifications and Blanket Purchase Awards in place, CGS is uniquely well positioned to help Federal agencies achieve their technology goals, and to capitalize on this rapidly growing and very strategic market.”

Earlier today, we ran a story on a report published by research and consulting firm MeriTalk on the US Federal market for cloud computing services, revealing that government agencies were seeing $5.5 billion in savings of a possible $12 billion in savings available by moving their internal IT projects onto the cloud, based on a savings calculator operated by the group.

Talk back: How important is government business to you as a market, or as a prospective market? How important do you think specialized expertise, at the executive level, is to serving that market? Is that expertise a barrier to you pursuing government business?

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