Until recently, government agencies and their subcontractors had limited choices for hosting workloads in the cloud. It wasn’t until last year that Amazon’s GovCloud (US) and Microsoft’s US Gov regions were certified to the highest level of FedRAMP compliance.
This has helped to accelerate cloud adoption in the federal space, with public authorities now moving to the cloud at a faster rate than private corporations. But migrating to the cloud represents a seismic shift away from traditional IT practices. This not only requires a different approach to regulatory compliance but also operational management and application architecture.
In this paper, we tackle the essentials of the cloud from a federal perspective. We take you through the key compliance frameworks that apply to governmental agencies, examine the types of IaaS offerings available and provide you with introductory guidance to cloud best practices.
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