Maria Roat, director of the FedRAMP program, expects the number of certified cloud providers to level off in about two years. (Mike Morones/Staff)
Maria Roat, who heads the General Services Administration’s Federal Riask and Authorization Management Program, said she expects to see the market for federally authorized cloud service providers stabilize at around 45 to 50 companies.
“I think that’s going to level off at some point, probably about two years out,” said FedRAMP’s Maria Roat at the 2014 Cloud Technology Symposium.
At the moment, there are 12 FedRAMP-approved cloud service providers (CSPs), another eight are “in the queue” to begin the approval process, and another 14 CSPs are in the approval process now.
“So we’ve got close to 30, whether they’ve been authorized, in process, and a few that are leading into kickoff, as well as what the agencies are doing right, so a lot of activity right now. And certainly, the agencies have stepped up looking into cloud services.”