DOD OKs 23 Cloud Solutions for Least Sensitive Data

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DISA formalized its strategic decision, granting provisional authorizations to 23 cloud service offerings up to Impact Level 2.

Back in November, the Defense Department tweaked its cloud computing strategy to make it easier for cloud service providers to host its least sensitive data.

The move simplified the game for cloud service providers, allowing those that had met cloud security requirements under the Federal Risk and Management Authorization program to be eligible to compete to store DOD’s least sensitive data without jumping through additional hoops.

According to a press statement released today, the Defense Information Systems Agency formalized its strategic decision, granting provisional authorizations to 23 cloud service offerings up to Impact Level 2.

Impact Level 2 is the least sensitive data DOD hosts based on risk and criticality, and includes publicly available website data and some private unclassified information. These 23 cloud service offerings can now compete for business within DOD at Impact Level 2.

There are four impact levels -- 2, 4, 5 and 6 -- with each successive level mandating additional security requirements. Level 6 data, for example, is classified information.

"The granting of these provisional authorizations is an important step in our strategy to drive cost down by moving more of our mission data to the cloud," said Terry Halvorsen, DOD chief information officer, in a statement.

Via DOD’s statement, here are the 23 cloud solutions that are good to compete for business at DOD Impact Level 2:

1. AINS eCase. Service Model: Platform as a Service and Software as a Service. FedRAMP Agency ATO by Department of Housing and Urban Development.

2. Akamai Content Delivery Services. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service. FedRAMP JAB PA.

3. Amazon Redshift. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service. FedRAMP Agency ATO by Department of Health and Human Services.

4. AT&T Storage as a Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service. FedRAMP JAB PA.

5. Autonomic Resources Cloud Platform. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service. FedRAMP JAB PA.

6. Clear Government Solutions FedGRID Government Community Cloud. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service. FedRAMP JAB PA.

7. Concurrent Technologies Corporation Unclassified Remote Hosted Desktops. Service Model: Software as a Service. FedRAMP JAB PA.

8. Economic Systems Federal Human Resources Navigator. Service Model: Software as a Service. FedRAMP JAB PA.

9. Edge Hosting CloudPlus – Managed Cloud for Secure Windows and Linux Application Hosting. Service Model: Platform as a Services and Infrastructure as a Service. FedRAMP Agency ATO by the Labor Department.

10. IBM SmartCloud for Government. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service. FedRAMP JAB PA

11. Lockheed Martin SolaS-I Government Community Cloud. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service. FedRAMP JAB PA.

12. MicroPact Product Suite. Service Model: Platform as a Service. FedRAMP Agency ATO by the Interior Department.

13. Microsoft Office 365 Multi-Tenant & Supporting Services including Azure Active Directory. Service Model: Software as a Service. FedRAMP Agency ATO by HHS.

14. Microsoft Windows Azure Public Cloud Solution. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service. FedRAMP JAB PA.

15. OMB MAX General Support Services. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service. FedRAMP Agency ATO by Office of Management and Budget.

16. OMB MAX.gov Shared Services. Service Model: Platform as a Service and Software as a Service. FedRAMP Agency ATO by OMB.

17. Oracle Federal Managed Cloud Services. Service Model: Platform as a Service. FedRAMP JAB PA.

18. Oracle Service Cloud. Service Model: SaaS. FedRAMP JAB PA.

19. Salesforce Government Cloud. Service Model: Platform as a Service and Software as a Service. FedRAMP Agency ATO by HHS.

20. SecureKey Briidge.net ExchangeT for Connect.Gov. Service Model: Software as a Service. FedRAMP JAB PA.

21. .U.S Treasury Workplace.gov Community Cloud. Service Model: PaaS, SaaS. FedRAMP Agency ATO by the Treasury Department.

22. USDA National Information Technology Center. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service. FedRAMP Agency ATO by the Agriculture Department.

23. Verizon Enterprise Cloud Federal Edition. Service Model: Infrastructure as a Service. FedRAMP Agency ATO by HHS.

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