AT&T Government Solutions* announced it has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for a suite of cloud computing products and services to government agencies. The U.S. General Services Administration announced the award on October 19, 2010.
Under the terms of the BPA, AT&T is now eligible to provide federal government agencies with cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) products and services. Agencies will be able to purchase cloud computing services through Apps.gov – a new online purchasing portal that allows agencies to purchase on-demand cloud services efficiently without a formal request for proposal, helping condense procurement cycles.
Government agencies at all levels have been looking to cloud computing and cloud services to help lower operation costs and improve efficiency. According to a recent forecast by Gartner, worldwide public cloud services are projected to reach $15.5 billion for the Government sector by 2014.
“Cloud computing services provide a unique benefit to the government, allowing agencies to reduce capital expenses and increase productivity,” said Thomas Harvey, Senior Vice President, AT&T Government Solutions. “Through Apps.gov, government agencies will soon have access to AT&T cloud products and services that can help drive innovation, improve efficiency, and realize vital savings. As a leading government technology partner, AT&T looks forward to helping agencies utilize the benefit of cloud computing services.”
The BPA positions AT&T to provide cloud services to federal government agencies in AT&T operated data centers, located in geographically diverse locations, which are directly attached to the AT&T IP backbone.
The AT&T family of cloud computing services, combined with AT&T’s hosting and managed applications portfolio, offers government agencies a continuum of fully managed application services or user-managed hosting services, delivered from the network cloud on demand and at scale.
AT&T Synaptic Storage as a ServiceSM is a storage-on-demand offer that provides federal agencies with control over the storage, distribution, and retrieval of their data from any location, anytime, using any Web-enabled device. The service is scalable, and therefore very useful for agencies with fluctuating data storage requirements or for extended retention of data less frequently accessed.
AT&T Synaptic Compute as a ServiceSM provides a government agency with the option to “pay-as-they-go,” enabling them to obtain quick access to virtual servers without a long-term commitment, upfront, or termination fee. Agencies can quickly address demands for variable computing processing power and scale to meet new business requirements.
AT&T has a strong history of providing cloud-based services to government agencies through AT&T’s Managed Security services. This year, AT&T became the first GSA Networx contract holder to deploy Managed Trusted IP Services (MTIPS), a cloud-based cybersecurity network services that enables federal agencies to connect to the Internet via secure IP portals in full compliance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) initiative. AT&T Government Solutions has disclosed MTIPS task orders with the Federal Trade Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The cloud services BPA is an Indefinite Delivery – Indefinite Quality (IDIQ) contract with a 5-year term.
 Gartner, Forecast: Public Cloud Services, Worldwide and Regions, Industry Sectors, 2009-2014, June 2, 2010, ID Number G00200833