Our relationship with AWS goes way back, and it’s always exciting to see what they’re able to accomplish. They already have a handful of federal agencies onboarded to the cloud, such as the Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, and NASA, but there’s a few more names to add to that list now, as AWS just announced two more authority to operate (ATOs) for the Department of Commerce (DOC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
More specifically, the DOC will be using AWS for their Commerce Data service, while the NOAA will be utilizing the cloud for their “Big Data Project,” which, according to the administration, will “create a sustainable, market-driven ecosystem that lowers the cost barrier to data publication. This project will create a new economic space for growth and job creation while providing the public far greater access to the data created with its tax dollars.”
The U.S. Government released the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy document in 2011, encouraging agencies to operate under a “cloud first” approach. The document outlines the most important criteria when migrating to the cloud, such as statutory compliance, privacy and confidentiality, data integrity, data controls and access policies, and governance controls. According to the document, at least $20 billion of the federal IT budget could be targeted towards leveraging providers to migrate to the cloud.
Datapipe Government Solutions (DGS) has echoed this cloud first strategy since its release. The company developed a strong reputation for application management for federal agencies, completing FISMA ATOs with the Small Business Administration, Department of Treasury, Veterans Administration, and many more.
Government agencies need security and flexibility in order to meet the stringent security standards under which they operate. DGS’s offering, the Federal Community Cloud Platform (FCCP), meets all relevant FISMA and FedRAMP controls while also providing the ability to meet individual agency requirements, including FISMA High controls.
The DGS modular design focuses on security, giving it top priority, but it also provides cost savings, flexibility, and customization government agencies, software providers, and systems integrators require. The last thing any agency wants is to act out of line with the compliance rules of their industry. And with cloud migration continuing to rise as more businesses and agencies see the security benefits of the cloud, the need to remain compliant will be even more critical.
Announcing the pair of authorizations, US DOC Chief Information Officer Steve Cooper and US DOC Deputy Chief Data Officer Tyrone Grandison said they were “a great milestone for the Department and will be a catalyst for future data products and services that we create for the American people”. The ATOs are applicable to the AWS GovCloud, AWS East, and AWS West Regions.”
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