VMware sells vCloud government services to QTS Realty Trust
Wed 5 Oct 2016
QTS Realty Trust has acquired exclusive rights to VMware’s Federal Risk and Authorisation Management Program (FedRAMP), vCloud Government Service.
QTS, who originated the program in partnership with VMware, will rebrand the platform as QTS Government Cloud (QGC).
Lynn Martin VP of Public Sector Sales for VMware commented:
“Federal government customers rely on vCloud Government Service as a flexible and scalable fully-integrated technology services platform… We believe QTS is ideally suited to accelerate investment in the vCloud Government Services offering, while providing excellent support to the benefit of our mutual customers.”
The system provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Community Cloud to government entities, disarming sector timidity over cloud transitioning by providing hybrid and traditional cloud deployments.
The vCloud Hybrid Service was renamed to vCloud Air in 2014, effectively functioning as a public-facing IaaS shell over data centres running VMware vSphere, and furnishing unified networking and management interfaces.
In 2015 QTS Realty acquired Carpathia Hosting, which provides services and infrastructure to VMware’s government clientèle.
QTS’ Chief Operating Officer Dan Bennewitz said of the acquisition, “With the purchase of Carpathia last year, QTS expanded its ability to provide compliant solutions to federal agencies… We support agencies’ and systems integrators’ FedRAMP compliance requirements across our services portfolio. In addition to the Agency systems residing on the QTS Government Cloud we also host multiple FedRAMP Authorized systems on our Managed Hosting and Colocation service offerings.”
Since the acquisition is essentially internal between vCloud’s co-founders, little or no disruption is anticipated for the transition, which does not involve any substantial transfer of infrastructure control.
FedRAMP’s authorisation processes provide structures and processes to ensure security procedures for government authorities outsourcing processing or storage to third-party providers, and maintains a Joint Authorisation Board to issue provisional security authorisations for cloud provisioning. Members include representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, the General Services Administration and the Department of Defense.
The vCloud infrastructure utilises ‘regions’, known as Locations to optimise pricing solutions and performance, with zones set in Nevada, Virginia, New Jersey, California and Texas in the United States. Government customers are also provided two further locations in Virginia and Arizona. International locations are available in Germany, Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom.