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DISA authorizes IBM SmartCloud for Government at IL5

The Defense Information Systems Agency has  granted a 12-month Department of Defense provisional authorization for IBM's SmartCloud for Government for systems hosting  Impact Level 5 data. 

The infrastructure-as-a service-offering is a secure multi-tenant cloud exclusively for U.S.  federal customers. This represents the first IL5 for the IBM SmartCloud for Government, making the IaaS available to DOD and federal communities.

Level 5 accommodates controlled unclassified information that requires a higher level of protection and supports unclassified National Security Systems.

SmartCloud for Government IaaS services include provisioning of compute, memory, network, OS, and storage and can be bundled with enterprise class, fully managed cloud hosting services. These capabilities can be leveraged to support a broad range of IBM and third-party software offerings using a platform-as-a-service  or software-as-a-service delivery model.

In March, DISA granted IL5 provisional authorizations to CSRA and Oracle. CSRA received the authorization for milCloud 2.0, a self-service cloud portal for real-time provisioning and management in addition to scalable deployment environments based on application requirements.  Oracle was granted IL5 authorization for its Federal Managed Cloud Service offering, a hybrid platform-as-a-service model that allows for shared service zones in a community cloud and individual zones for federal customers.

Previously, DISA has granted IL5 authorizations to Amazon Web Services' GovCloud IaaS offering, Microsoft Azure Government and Office 365.

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