On August 18th, Apptis announced a partnership with ServerVault to offer a trusted cloud computing environment to federal agencies. Called Fedcloud they are offering a federally compliant, on-demand infrastructure that lets agencies “acquire, utilize, and disengage without contractual dependency (subscription fees, licenses, or long-term commitments).

“Like most cloud providers, Amazon Web Services is positioning itself to be a player in the Obama administration’s ambitions to shift much of the federal government’s infrastructure to the cloud. Earlier this year Amazon was pitching established government IT contractors on the benefits of building offerings atop its cloud computing platform. AWS is now partnering with Apptis, an experienced player in the government IT arena.

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Amazon Web Services’ infrastructure is now serving as the back-end for Apptis’ FedCloud, a service launched last year to offer “Federally Compliant Trusted Computing.” TechFlash reports that Amazon and Apptis filed a joint response to an RFQ from the General Services Administration seeking infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings. Apptis spokeswoman Piper Conrad told TechFlash’s Eric Engleman that the two companies are also “finalizing a general partnership.”

Apptis is currently scheduled to present at the October 8th SOA-R event at the Tower Club in Tyson’s Corner. Sign-up on the SOA-R registration page if you would like to learn more about this offering. This certainly marks an important milestone. If these two companies are jumping into the Federal market with cloud solutions, can others be far behind?

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