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Commerce weighs options for cloud broker contract

Mar. 19, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  

The Commerce Department is considering moving the majority of its 800 internal and external websites to the cloud over the coming years.

To get there, agency officials are weighing the benefits of hiring a cloud broker to manage the use, performance and delivery of its cloud services. Brokers can also negotiate relationships between cloud providers and agency customers.

The cloud broker model is a fairly new concept within government, but the General Services Administration and Defense Information Systems Agency are testing how it could benefit federal agencies. GSA has been working with the Health and Human Services and Homeland Security departments on a pilot project.

“As part of this initiative to migrate services to the cloud, [Commerce] is evaluating the benefits of issuing a solicitation for cloud broker requirements,” the agency said in a March 7 request for information. “As such, [Commerce] would like to understand the vendor community's perspective on several questions that may impact such an acquisition.”

The department wants to know the range of cloud services that would benefit from the cloud broker model and what value-added services could be provided to increase cost savings and efficiencies. Industry responses were due March 17, and Commerce is now deciding whether to invite select vendors to further discuss and demonstrate their solutions.

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