AT&T Launches Cloud Storage for Federal Government Agencies
Features include a separate logical cloud for government data, which means government customer data will not co-exist with commercial data.Telecommunications giant AT&T announced a cloud-based storage solution designed to meet the security requirements of federal government agencies. The multitenant, community cloud offering has the same features, policies, capabilities and EMC Atmos technology as AT&T's commercial cloud storage offering but adds further security measures, including storage towers that are physically separated from other users' towers in the data center. "As is well-known, the security standards for federal government agencies are exceedingly high," Chris Smith, vice president of technology for AT&T, told eWEEK. "As a result, any offering to the federal sector needs to lead with security. That is, in this sector, security is not a benefit or a plus—it's the central consideration." Smith noted that with any cloud architecture, the efficiencies come from reduced infrastructure, hardware and operations cost, and pricing for STaaS (storage as a service) for the government will be offered in a tiered model.
"This is a dedicated infrastructure for government-only agencies and data. The federal agencies get the advantage of a community infrastructure to drive lower costs," he explained. "What's significant about the AT&T STaaS offering for government is that it does not forgo security on any level—truly a best-of-both-worlds approach."