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ATT Launches Cloud Storage Offer for Federal Government Agencies

Survey: Federal Government Could Save $18.9 Billion Annually by Moving Apps and Services to Cloud

Against the backdrop of a new survey demonstrating significant cost savings that can be attained by Federal Government adoption of cloud computing, AT&T* on Tuesday announced a highly secure cloud-based storage solution designed specifically to meet the robust security requirements of Federal Government agencies.

The offer, AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service for Government, is a multi-tenant, community cloud offer. It has the same features, policies, capabilities, and EMC Atmos technology as AT&T's commercial cloud storage offer but adds further security measures including:

  • Storage towers that are physically separated from other users' towers in the data center;
  • Separate logical cloud for government data; government customer data will not co-exist with commercial data;
  • A separate cloud portal partition for government agencies;
  • All government agency customers and their authorized users are assigned RSA hard token for 2-Factor Authentication.

A recent survey of federal IT leaders, conducted by MeriTalk, sheds light on both the appetite for cloud conversion in the federal sector and the challenges agencies face regarding the logistics of such a move.   While the survey found the Federal Government could save $18.9 billion annually by migrating services and applications to the cloud, only 41 percent of respondents said their agency is considering cloud as part of their overall IT strategy.   Additionally, 51 percent said they use cloud "only for a limited number of specific applications" and more than half of feds gave their agency a "C" or below on progress toward cloud.    To download the full survey study, please visit www.meritalk.com/cloudconfusion

"Federal agencies want the mobility, collaboration, information sharing and efficiency that cloud offers but they can't afford to adopt cloud solutions that sacrifice performance, reliability and above all, security," said Kay Kapoor, President, AT&T Government Solutions. "Our new STaaS for Government offer delivers the key attributes Federal buyers require and allows them to move to the cloud with ease and confidence."

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T Government Solutions

Every day, thousands of experienced AT&T Federal Solutions professionals seek to go beyond their customers' expectations and deploy visionary solutions that serve our citizens, defend our nation and prepare for the future.

We serve as a trusted provider to the federal government, backed by a proven performance record in integrating our network expertise with IT professional services and a professionally managed service portfolio, which includes: traditional and IP-based voice; Wi-Fi; high-speed Internet; data transport; cyber security; unified communications; cloud-based services; and mobility devices, services and applications. Our broad array of advanced technologies, dynamic service management tools, and experienced staff help us to address core government needs – reduce expenses, modernize operations to increase workforce productivity, and help protect information, infrastructure and people. AT&T solutions enable agencies to focus on their mission and performance goals.

Fusing our core capabilities with innovation from AT&T Labs and the AT&T Foundry, we are driven to meet today's demanding agency requirements, while establishing a path to emerging technologies. Underpinning every solution we build and deliver are the global resources and assets of AT&T, one of the world's largest communications services providers, connecting people, infrastructure and information with a consistent emphasis on speed, security and reliability.

To learn more about the full array of AT&T products and services, go to www.att.com/gov

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