Dell debuts three-tier cloud infrastructure for U.S. Government agencies

Summary:Dell is tapping into the U.S. Government — at least as a potential customer.

While much of the media spotlight is on what the U.S. Government is doing with its data management hardware, Dell is looking to provide an infrastructure upgrade at the very least.

Dell Cloud for U.S. Government will offer the trifecta of cloud support: Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Software-as-a-Service.

These options can be bought and configured to create multi-tenant, hybrid, or private cloud environments.

The private choice is dubbed "Dell Cloud for U.S. Government Dedicated," an on-premise solution that enables an organization to essentially operate as its own cloud provider.

Naturally, security is the top priority here, and Dell is boasting that it has baked in more than 275 security controls.

Here's a glimpse at what those entail:

  • Encrypted VPN and MPLS options compliant with all federal standards
  • Connectivity and management support for NIPR (non-classified) and SIPR (classified) networks
  • Compliant with both National Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (NIACAP) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Dell is pledging to provide migration for legacy applications as well as infrastructure outsourcing services for servers, storage, networking, backups and recovery.

Government agencies are a hot spot for a lot of major cloud providers , being that these departments typically have legacy infrastructures that are incredibly expensive to maintain and unnecessarily complex in this day and age.

For example, IBM will be upgrading the 50-year-old human resources system at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to the cloud using its own software products as well as some from Oracle, among others.

Topics: Cloud, Data Management, Dell, Enterprise Software, Government


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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