Federal Government Puts its Head in the Clouds

Today we’re announcing that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded Authority to Operate (ATO) for AT&T Synaptic Storage as a ServiceSM (StaaS).

Now that we’ve got the acronyms out of the way, we can take a bit of a deeper look into what this announcement actually means.

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you know that federal government agencies are looking to cut down on expenditures any which way they can. However, they are faced with the challenge of cutting costs while simultaneously improving service delivery to their constituents, streamlining operations, digitizing records and archives, and increasing their ability to react and change on a dime. All while helping  ensure the security of the information within their remit.

The beauty of the cloud is that, if approached correctly, it can overcome all these challenges. Embedding cloud applications into the network envelops them with the same high levels of performance, reliability and security that enterprises demand from their networks. The ‘on-network’ approach is a critical part of AT&T’s cloud strategy, and now government agencies can benefit from it too.

The next step will be for federal agencies to mobilize their workforces and processes, echoing the mobility revolution we’re currently seeing in the private sector. This is where we see the real power of the cloud – as an enabler for better access to information almost anywhere, via almost any device.

What do you see driving federal government towards the cloud? How do you see government entities leveraging the cloud in the future?
John Potter Network Sourcing Vice President AT&T About John