Thursday, IBM will be announcing a new set of cloud offerings for the US Federal government, on our existing IBM Federal Community Cloud environment. A key to the new offerings is their operation in a US FISMA-compliant data center. The new offerings include IBM Connections, IBM Sametime, IBM Lotus Domino/iNotes (with Notes Traveler and BES capabilities), and will be available in the fourth quarter of 2011.

IBM's Federal Community Cloud, launched late last year, is specifically designed to help federal government organizations respond to technology requirements more quickly. The secure, private cloud environment is part of IBM's established and dedicated Federal Data Center that provides secure and comprehensive certified computing capabilities to federal government clients.

The new services will be ready for the required FISMA certification when they become available late this year.

Several branches of the US Federal Government are already using IBM collaboration solutions as on-premises software and have indicated an interest in following current administration guidance to move to cloud. In this video,
Michigan Municipal League Associate Director and COO Tony Minghine explains how municipalities can benefit from IBM cloud services.

I'll add links in the morning with the press release and news coverage of this important announcement to expand our ability to deliver in the US Federal Government market.

Link: IBM to Help Federal Government Collaborate Using Cloud Computing >

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