Esri offers ArcGIS in FedRAMP-approved cloud

Esri offers ArcGIS in FedRAMP-approved cloud

Agencies using geospatial information systems are increasingly looking to the cloud to take advantage of the flexibility and potential cost savings it provides and to comply with the White House Cloud Computing Strategy.

Esri, a leading supplier of GIS software and applications, announced that its Esri Managed Cloud Services (EMCS) offering has achieved compliance with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) at the moderate level.

EMCS provides agencies ready-to-use instances of ArcGIS running in the cloud and includes platform as a service (facilities, hardware, network and security) and software as a service (Esri and third party). The Esri cloud also offers application deployment, testing and ongoing data management, according to FedRAMP requirements.

EMCS, which uses the Amazon Web Services East / West Regions FedRAMP moderate cloud infrastructure, lets agencies quickly share geospatial content and provides access to critical information while an agency maintains complete control over access to their services and maps.

Esri Managed Cloud Services is the first geospatial cloud-service provider reviewed under the latest FedRAMP and NIST 800-53 Revision 4 security controls, the company said.

With Esri Managed Cloud Services, customers can use ArcGIS Online, Esri's online GIS platform, as their primary data discovery mechanism.  Agencies can also supplement the online platform with Esri's FedRAMP-compliant GIS hosting tools, ArcGIS for Server and Portal for ArcGIS, to meet more advanced security needs.

"We look forward to continue working with vendors like Esri who have demonstrated FedRAMP compliance through the CSP Supplied path," said Matt Goodrich, Esri’s FedRAMP director. "This approach facilitates federal agency security authorization demands as the complete security package for Esri Managed Cloud Services is available in the FedRAMP repository today".

Because EMCS was designed to meet the needs of federal customers, it can also meet the robust security demands of users from other sectors, such as law enforcement, health care and retail, the company said.

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