As government agencies migrate to cloud environments, federal CIOs are navigating how hybrid IT impacts the way they manage data and applications. From a regulatory perspective, the Federal Risk and Authorization Program (FedRAMP) “provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.”
This week, QTS Executive Vice President David McOmber joined FedRAMP director Matt Goodrich and CRSA CTO Seth Abrams on Federal News Radio’s Tech Talk to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the expansion of hybrid IT. Host John Gilroy kicked off the conversation by describing the frustrations associated with IT management in the federal landscape.
Goodrich was up next, discussing the need to modernize government. He described FedRAMP’s role in helping agencies migrate to the cloud securely and focused on how they are reducing obstacles in cloud adoption. “So our main goal with FedRAMP is one, making sure agencies are using the cloud securely,” said Goodrich. He continued, “Number two, since cloud typically has many agencies using the same environment, we want to make sure that security authorization can be reused.”
McOmber described QTS’ role as a hybrid cloud services company to the government market. He discussed how QTS fully-integrated platform offers FISMA and FedRAMP compliant solutions. “QTS operates our own public cloud, we also we work very closely with other FedRAMP cloud providers to provide customers with choices depending on the workloads and applications,” said McOmber. He went on to describe our role as a REIT company best positions QTS to “potentially build and help modernize data centers for the federal government.”
Seth Abrams described CSRAs role as a provider of next-generation IT solutions and services that help agencies understand policy and controls related to complex IT environments. He also provided clarity around the term “hybrid IT” and the importance of service level agreements (SLAs).
All of the panelists agreed that the key to success in the federal sector is understanding how hybrid IT adoption can help agencies save costs and streamline operations. The discussion concluded with Goodrich addressing FedRAMP’s goals for 2017, while McOmber and Abrams talked about the emergence of hyperscale data centers serving the government marketplace. McOmber went on to describe the hyperscale trend in today’s market, “What we’re seeing in the industry from a commercial perspective is an insatiable need to add capacity for them to place their computers in certain places.”
You can listen to the entire broadcast on-demand here.
If you are interested in learning more about hybrid IT and government cloud computing, QTS is hosting an event next month that will offer key insight into this new trend from subject matter experts from FedRAMP, Coalfire and VMware. Navigating the FedRAMP Authorization Process for Independent Software Vendors is scheduled for April 26, 2017 in Reston, Virginia. Click here to register today and learn more about our federal solutions.