VMware's vCloud Turns onto the FedRAMP
VMware will soon offer version of vCloud Hybrid Service that streamlines process for use by U.S. federal agencies.
VMware said its hybrid cloud team responsible for vCloud Hybrid Service will soon have a version of vCHS architected for U.S. Federal agencies. That version still has to be validated and certified by the FedRAMP Authority to Operate organization, but once it is, vCloud Goverment Service provided by Carpathia will be delivered through the Carpathia Hosting cloud provider.
The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, essentially centralizes the Federal agencies' efforts to standardize the assessment and adoption of IT software and services. The vCloud Government Service is a version of vCloud Hybrid Service that will be rearchitected and delivered for use by Federal agencies, with Carpathia Hosting acting as the cloud service provider.
The centerpiece of vCHS is the vSphere hypervisor, which is already being deployed by numerous agencies. And Carpathia has already been federally certified and is a long-standing partner with VMware. VMware aims to have the FedRAMP certification by the second half of 2014.
On a related note, VMware and Palo Alto Networks said that their version of an appliance for application within software-defined data centers is now generally available. In terms of deliverables, what customers get is a Palo Alto Networks VM-1000-HV appliance with built-in security, management, and customer support that can run the VMware NSX platform natively. To read the original announcement, see "Palo Alto Networks, VMware Join Forces for Cloud Security."
Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.