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Why IBM is a Safe Choice
IBM could be part of those cost savings. Big Blue's solution for the DOI is based on the company's Federal Data Center capabilities, which use open computing and process standards. The DOI will leverage IBM's experience in data storage , secure file transfer, virtual machines, database, web hosting, development testing and SAP application hosting.
The department will also be able to tap IBM's Smart Cloud for Government hosted at the IBM Federal Data Center, the Smart Cloud for Enterprise commercial offerings and the IBM AIX Cloud. And other U.S. government agencies can also gain access to these IBM Cloud solutions via the DOI Foundation Cloud Hosting Services vehicle. The vehicle also allows request for quotes/task orders to be issued on behalf of other government customers including both civilian agencies and the Department of Defense.
We caught up with Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, to get his take on the deal. He told us dealing with the government demands a process-oriented approach and IBM has been a successful government integrator for many years.
"The company certainly understands what federal and even state and local processes are like. So inserting IBM into what can be a complicated process for integrators isn't a big stretch," he said.
"There also a confidence in IBM. They've been a leader in cloud, certainly on the integration side, since before the term cloud was popular -- when on-demand computing was the term we threw around. When you look at the combination of overall experience, technology -- they certainly offer a full cloud stack, combined with the ability to integrate just about anybody's technology -- they are a very safe choice for government organizations," he added.