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Dell targets Federal IT with government cloud services

Kenneth Corbin | June 12, 2013
PC giant unveils far-ranging government cloud offering that features both dedicated, private deployments as well as shared, multitenant systems with turnkey security and compliance features.

"All documentation templates are repeatable," says Lush.

Thanks in large part to that repeatability, Dell envisions that federal agencies will be able to get a basic cloud deployment up and running within 30 days.

With the availability of the dedicated, private cloud this summer, and the shared, multitenant cloud some months later, Dell anticipates a comprehensive cloud solution that can be tailored to an agency CIO's specifications.

Federal CIOs Comfortable On-Premises, But May Branch Out
As a practical matter, some federal CIOs are more comfortable with a dedicated, on-premises private cloud as their first venture into cloud computing, according to Lush. But he believes that after taking that first step, many CIO can be expected to begin to shift some relatively nonsensitive applications to a remotely managed, multi-tenant environment, which could offer greater agility, less of a management headache and, quite often, lower costs.

"They have a lot of applications and a lot of services -- either it's separation anxiety, or it's the latency -- whatever the variable is," Lush says of CIOs' hesitancy concerning the multi-tenant model. "The dedicated cloud is a great step for the multi-tenant cloud."

"With our solution they'll have full freedom to do whatever is they choose to do," he adds.

That flexibility includes several features central to the cloud-computing model, including usage-based pricing, the ability to scale a deployment up or down to meet an agency's needs and self-service management portals, among others.

Included in Dell's forthcoming cloud offering will be a substantial services component, through which members of the company's federal team, which numbers more than 2,000 employees, will help agencies set up and manage their cloud deployments.

"Dell's got a substantial business within the federal government, but our customer is changing," Lush says. "When the customer moves, we move, and the customer is moving to the integrated solutions. Call it cloud today. Call it automated IT infrastructure tomorrow. At the end of the day, it's doing the same thing."

 

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