FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IDC Government Insights today announced a new IDC MarketScape report, IDC MarketScape: U.S. Government Private Cloud IaaS 2014 Vendor Assessment (Doc #GI252460). The report provides a quantitative and qualitative assessment of 12 vendors that provide private Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to the U.S. federal government. The evaluation is based on a comprehensive framework and set of parameters expected to be most conducive to success in providing cloud IaaS for both the short term as a means for Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) and the long term for the transformation of IT services. Vendors evaluated in this report include: Accenture, AT&T, Amazon Web Services (AWS), CenturyLink, CGI, CSC, Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys and Verizon.
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Government agencies are facing the combined struggle of exponential data growth and tight or diminishing budgets and are viewing cloud as the way to transfer more workloads to lower-cost hosting platforms, often without acquiring significant resources. While sharing information through cloud computing can liberate data and greatly enhance situational awareness leading to better-informed decisions at all levels of government, the use of cloud in government raises concerns such as privacy, data veracity, and ownership.
According to the new report, security is also paramount, and the U.S. federal government will continue to spend more on private cloud systems than on public over the next five years. The U.S. Government Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and other secure certifications are easing this concern, and in addition to the 19 commercial vendors that have certification, another 34 vendors are lined up and working to get their FedRAMP certifications.
Government cloud buyers want vendors' portfolios to offer a full range of integrated physical and virtual infrastructure systems with pre-integrated, modular units of compute, storage, and networking that allow IT to add blocks of physical resources in a repeatable, scalable fashion. Government is also looking for vendors that can use their domain knowledge, technology expertise, and intellectual property (IP) to reduce cost and increase efficiency from day one.
Additional requirements that U.S. federal government agencies should require from their IaaS vendors and are used as the basis for evaluation in this IDC MarketScape include:
- Compute services
- Value-added services
- Single point of accountability
"Government decision makers should review their strategic plans and select vendors for their IaaS based on best fit," said Adelaide O'Brien, Research Director, IDC Government Insights. "If there isn't confidence in a prospective vendor's ability to securely meet projected capacity requirements in a timely fashion, with the capability (often through partners and alliances) to meet future needs through deployment of proven best practices, then it's time to look elsewhere."
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