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FedRAMP approves new cloud services

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program recently approved cloud services from five companies.

Learning management system company Blackboard received an authority to operate for Blackboard Learn, a virtual learning environment and course management system that allows for collaboration and interactivity such as group projects, discussions and blogs. It can also incorporate a wide range of multimedia content.

Blackboard is the second company to achieve an ATO under FedRAMP Tailored, a streamlined version of the authorization program designed for low-impact software-as-a-service offerings.

Workiva’s Wdesk low-impact cloud-based platform to help with financial management received a traditional FedRAMP ATO through the Tennessee Valley Authority. Wdesk users can collaborate on spreadsheets, documents, presentations and reports  in a controlled environment that records every change to enhance transparency and consistency.

FedRAMP officials approved the Qualtrics Experience Management Platform for an ATO at the moderate level through the Department of Health and Human Services.  The Qualtrics platform helps organizations measure experiences by customers, employees, products and brands.

ORock Technologies received an ATO for its ORockCloud infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service models, as well as hybrid cloud deployments at the moderate level.  The ORockCloud  is a scalable cloud environment based on Red Hat OpenStack platform.  The solution provides on-demand access to computing, storage, virtualization, networking, performance monitoring and applications in  the ORock’s service catalog built through Red Hat offerings.

Lastly, Knight Point Systems received an  ATO for its CloudSeed IaaS solution at the moderate level through the Coast Guard.  CloudSeed lets customers view, manage and secure workloads in the cloud.

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for GCN, covering cloud, cybersecurity and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Before joining GCN, Friedman was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. She has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

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