IBM Launches Federal Cloud Innovation Center in D.C.
IBM announced the opening of a new cloud innovation center in Washington, D.C., that will focus on implementing cloud computing across the government.IBM announced the opening of a new Federal Cloud Innovation Center dedicated to helping federal agencies and other public-sector organizations advance the adoption of cloud computing across the government. The new IBM Federal Cloud Innovation Center in Washington, D.C., will bring IBM’s cloud-computing research efforts closer to federal agencies to develop specialized technologies and methods for building mission-ready clouds, Big Blue officials said. Moreover, the IBM center will draw on the cloud computing expertise of more than 500 IBM professionals aligned to the center along with IBM’s global network of more than 37,000 cloud industry experts. These experts include IBM researchers, IT infrastructure architects, software developers and consultants with deep industry knowledge in managing major transformation projects across the federal government as well as implementing cloud solutions. IBM said key focus of the center will be to work with the government to explore further the adoption of open standards for cloud computing across the federal government. Open standards in cloud computing provide integration, break down barriers between clouds within government, and drive workload portability. IBM is a significant contributor to OpenStack, cloud standards and other open protocols that can help ensure that different providers’ clouds will have accessibility. IBM brings unique implementation capabilities on top of the open-source code for agencies looking to quickly and securely deploy open technologies in their cloud-computing environments.
“Our work at the center will help evolve cloud in these early days of its rollout across the federal government into a platform agencies can trust and grow off of,” said Anne Altman, general manager of IBM US Federal, in a statement. “Now is not the time for government to settle for what is only available commercially. Now is the time for them to join with industry to build security, reliability and standards that will make for a trusted government cloud environment.”