CGI Granted Go-Ahead to Sell Cloud Services to Government
Government-targeted systems integrator CGI Federal Inc. has been granted Authority to Operate (ATO) on the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) cloud computing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA).
In plain English, with the alphabet soup strained out: CGI is officially good to go when it comes to providing the U.S. government with cloud solutions such as web hosting and virtual machines.
CGI started down this road back at the end of 2010, when it was one of 11 companies selected by the GSA to fill that contract as part of the then-new federal cloud focus. And now, with the ATO, CGI is officially certified to meet the highest security requirements and standards, including the critical FISMA accreditation.
George Schindler, President of CGI Federal, had this to say about the announcement:
“The demand for cloud services continues to grow as agencies and companies like CGI embrace a new way of doing business together. GSA has led a robust process to ensure agencies have fast, easy access to secure services that deliver on the promised value of cloud, including predictable, sustainable savings and on-demand flexibility to design and scale their infrastructure for mission and business results.”
The government cloud market is expanding fast. But it looks as though CGI is in an advantageous place with this announcement: The GSA stamp of approval means federal agencies have easier and preferred access to the company’s services. That said, the final sales pitch is still in CGI’s hands.