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AT&T is targeting the US federal government for its ultra secure cloud services

AT&T is targeting the US federal government for its ultra secure cloud services

AT&T has launched what it claims to be a highly secure cloud-based storage solution designed specifically for US federal government agencies. The launch comes as US federal agencies seem to be lagging on cloud implementations.

The offering, AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service for Government, is a multi-tenant community cloud platform that is physically and virtually separate from commercial cloud platforms within AT&T’s datacentres, and secured through private links.

The telco said it has also implemented a number of security measures designed to bolster the platform’s readiness for government use; for instance, users are assigned RSA hard token for multi-factor authentication.

“Federal agencies want the mobility, collaboration, information sharing and efficiency that cloud offers but they can’t afford to adopt cloud solutions that sacrifice performance, reliability and above all, security”, said Kay Kapoor, president, AT&T Government Solutions.

“Our new STaaS for Government offer delivers the key attributes Federal buyers require and allows them to move to the cloud with ease and confidence,” Kapoor added.

Kapoor said AT&T is responding to what it sees as a huge missed opportunity within the US federal government, which despite its ‘cloud-first’ policy – forcing US federal government agencies to consider cloud-based platforms before legacy alternatives – has failed to implement cloud services en masse.

According to a survey of 159 senior US federal government IT decision makers commissioned by AT&T and carried out by MeriTalk in July, although nearly three in every four US federal government agencies are using at least one cloud service, most federal government IT staff see a very limited role for cloud services within their overall IT strategy.

On a grading scale of A to F scale (with A being the best), about 51 per cent of respondents graded their agencies C or below in relation to their implementation of ‘cloud-first’ in practice.

The firms claim the feds may be missing out on nearly $19bn in IT savings as a result.