GSA opens cloud info hub

To help federal agencies with their cloud adoption goals, the General Services Administration launched a new site where agency customers can find commercial cloud providers and get security, technical and implementation help.

On May 16, GSA unveiled the Cloud Information Center (CIC), its first central repository for everything cloud. Users can access GSA's research-as-a-service tool, read best practices, review acquisition guidance, download templates and collaborate with other agencies through the center.

The CIC was designed to align GSA’s cloud offerings with the Office of Management and Budget's Cloud Smart Strategy, the President’s Management Agenda, and the Report to the President on IT Modernization, officials said.

The site offers basic information on cloud security compliance and technical capabilities and an overview of acquisition guidance, including pricing, the cloud procurement process, common challenges and templates for frequently used acquisition documents. It also features deeper dives into the advantages use cases and vendors for infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and software-as-a-service models.

"Getting agencies to the cloud is a high priority for GSA and we're committed to making sure they have the right tools and support to navigate the complex world of cloud acquisition," GSA Acting Assistant Commissioner of Information Technology Category Bill Zielinski said when announcing the CIC.

A longer version of this article was first posted to FCW, a sibling site to GCN.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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