Virtualization and cloud infrastructure software provider VMware is collaborating with managed hosting provider Carpathia to deliver a hybrid cloud service to US Federal government agencies following the same hybrid cloud architecture as VMware vCloud Hybrid Service.
VMware vSphere is already widely used by federal agencies to optimize and manage their data centers.
The new VMware vCloud Government Service hosted by Carpathia has been submitted for review in order to receive the FedRAMP Authority to Operate. If approved, VMware vCloud Government will make it easier for government agencies to access VMware vSphere-based, enterprise-class hybrid cloud service. VMware vCloud Government is designed to run legacy and new applications with the security and compliance assurances required by government agencies under FedRAMP.
“VMware has helped federal agencies optimize and manage their data center infrastructure for more than 14 years, and helping them to now use that infrastructure in the cloud is a natural extension of our core business,” VMware Public Sector VP Lynn Martin said in a statement. “More importantly, because so many federal agencies are already using VMware solutions, it’s a natural evolution of what they are already doing.”
If VMware vCloud Government is approved, VMware’s collaboration with Carpathia will allow government agencies to extend their existing data center infrastructure and applications to a FedRAMP-compliant public cloud built on Carpathia infrastructure.
Last month Carpathia formed a Federal Advisory Council of government experts to provide guidance on federal trends and help Carpathia maximize its benefit to government organizations.
Major cloud players including IBM, Microsoft and Amazon have had their cloud offerings approved by FedRAMP, enabling them to take advantage of this growing, multi-billion dollar market.
A recent report from Deltek predicted that the federal cloud computing market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 32 percent over the next three years.
The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (or FedRAMP) was partially set up to create a marketplace for cloud services that could meet the strict security controls required by US government agencies. US federal agencies are rapidly expanding their adoption of cloud infrastructure, with four times more government agencies in 2013 outsourcing at least a third of their IT infrastructure to cloud vendors than in 2014.
VMware vCloud Government Service is expected to be generally available in the second half of 2014.