GSA, MeriTalk Team to Build Govt Cloud Offerings Portal; Steve O’Keeffe Comments

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cloudMeriTalk and the General Services Administration have unveiled an online channel for government agencies to view cloud computing products and services that are authorized under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program.

The FedRAMP onRAMP portal is built to help agencies procure approved cloud offerings as well as gain insight into the costs and timelines of the certification program, MeriTalk said Thursday.

GSA intends for the portal to help agencies know which cloud services will receive security certifications within the next six months.

“Security is the number-one barrier to cloud reinventing the $80 billion Federal IT market,” said MeriTalk Founder Steve O’Keeffe. “Centralized security certification just makes good sense.”

MeriTalk estimates that agencies spend up to $250,000 to perform FedRAMP cloud security certification and that the government has saved $52.5 million to date on cloud spending by adopting FedRAMP.

All agencies are required to use FedRAMP cloud services by June 2014.

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