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November 1, 2010

IBM launches new Federal Community Cloud

Data and services to reside in secure data centres and accessible by federal organisations

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has launched a new Federal Community Cloud (FCC), which allows data and services to reside in secure, scalable data centres that can be accessed by federal organisations for a lower cost.

The FCC is designed to enable federal government organisations respond to technology requirements quickly and is a part of IBM’s established Federal Data Centers (FDC) that provide secure and comprehensive certified computing capabilities to federal government clients.

IBM said that the FCC benefits include secure, private multi-tenant cloud designed to meet the demanding requirements of the federal government; flexibility to control technology environments and operation costs to match fluctuations in demand; and reduction in costs by eliminating the need to own infrastructures or software licenses.

In addition, FCC provides faster implementation time of development and test environments, application and Web hosting and backup; access to distributed information and advanced analytics offerings via cloud-based applications; and access to consulting services and Infrastructure as a Service, with plans to soon include Platform as a Service and Software as a Service offerings

IBM US Federal chief technology officer David McQueeney said the physical and virtual infrastructures of their federal clients can be monitored and managed more seamlessly using cloud models that ensure better security, standardisation and automation driving lower costs.

"Cloud computing environments will dramatically accelerate and enhance government agency missions, opening the door to better decision making based on real-time data and laying a strong foundation for greater focus on innovation," McQueeney said.

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