Where Does the Future Cloud Float for Federal Government?

By CIOReview | Friday, March 7, 2014
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FREMONT, CA:  It has been a busy day for the cloud sector of both Microsoft and VMware. VMware has been giving all its effort to sharpen its new vCloud Government Services, as the virtualization biggie focuses to secure FedRAMP certification for the platform. It is having its vision to collaborate with “Carpathia”, who is known to be already an expert in the field of managed cloud services. Carpathia on the other hand has an extra edge as it has a considerable number of customers from the federal government.

VMware’s cloud service is expected to launch the VMware vCloud Government service by second half of 2014. On the other hand according to another report, Microsoft has started privately testing Windows Azure Government Cloud, the software giant’s offering for the government sector. Microsoft had announced its plans for the Azure Government Cloud in last October 2013. Codenamed Fairfax, this version of the cloud service is Azure-hosted in Microsoft's data centers in Iowa and Virginia and managed by the U.S. personnel, similar to the way Office 365 for Government is.

Both physical and logical security layers reportedly secure the Azure government cloud created by Microsoft. These kind of isolation of layers would provide a better security for interfacing data from the various government data centers for defense background investigations and other sensitive data. Currently Microsoft is selling the same set of cloud services to other type of users apart from Government, where the services are customized to an extend for the personalized use.

Keeping all these in mind the question arises is who will emerge as a trust worthy provider for the government cloud service. On one hand Microsoft, is already on its way to implement the cloud service that is in its testing phase. Whereas, on the other hand, VMware is collaborating with an already appointed vendor of the government, Carpathia, to strengthen its cloud platform to the fullest giving them the edge of becoming the largest cloud services provider for the government services.