The General Services Administration has issued a Request For Quotation for cloud storage, Web hosting, and virtual machine services. The document is a preliminary step toward an online "storefront" to be used by federal agencies for ordering cloud computing services.
The RFQ includes ground rules for being a cloud service provider to the U.S. government. Federal agencies will retain ownership of data and applications hosted online, and they can request full copies of data or apps at any time. In addition, cloud services are to be multi-tenant in architecture, be able to be provisioned securely and remotely, scale elastically, reside within the continental United States, and provide visibility into resource usage.
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