Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
GSA has awarded a BPA for cloud-based Infrastructure as Service (IaaS) offerings to be available in three unique lots:
- Cloud Storage
- Virtual Machines
- Web Hosting
Prior to making IaaS products available, vendors must complete the Assessment & Authorization (A&A) process at the FISMA Moderate Impact Data security level as administered by GSA. Once granted authority to operate, products will be made available for purchase by government.
A major element of every federal agencies' IT infrastructure includes storage, computing power, and website hosting. These new Cloud Infrastructure offerings can be a way for agencies to realize cost savings, efficiencies, and modernization without having to expend capital resources expanding their existing infrastructure.
IaaS offerings will include on-demand self-service that allows government entities to utilize and discontinue use of products when and as needed. Resource pooling for practically unlimited storage and automatic monitoring of resource utilization are also features. IaaS offerings will also be provided with rapid elasticity for real-time, customizable scaling of service and automatic provisioning of virtual machines, storage, and bandwidth, and visibility into service usage and order management through measured services.
- Read the official press release: Cloud-Based Infrastructure as a Service Comes to Government
- See the BPA Awardees by Lot and Teaming Arrangements
- To see the requirements for vendors under this BPA, download the IaaS RFQ
- Who's who on GSA's cloud contract (May 2, 2011)
- IaaS Overview sheet (May 18, 2012)
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Buys into the Cloud (Sept. 2011)
- IaaS BPA awardees with an active Authority to Operate (ATO): Apptis, Inc.; Autonomic Resources; CGI Federal Inc.; Verizon Federal Inc.