In what is the biggest federal cloud contract bagged by IBM till date, the company has signed a 10-year contract with the US Department of Interior (DOI), to be the primary cloud-services provider for the department.
With the DOI - which is the home of the National Park Service - set to commence the deployment of a new cloud infrastructure, the approximately $1 billion cloud deal which IBM has inked with the department will chiefly consist of the company's cloud computing technologies, services and hosting.
In more specific terms, the services to be provided by IBM - which will be one of the leading vendors during the DOI's decade-long cloud transformation project - will include cloud computing technologies and services, including data storage, virtual machines, secure file transfer, development testing, Web hosting, and SAP application hosting.
In addition, the contract will also give the DOI the access to IBM's Smart Cloud for Government, which is hosted at IBM's federal data center; along with IBM's public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service called IBM AIX Cloud and SmartCloud Enterprise.
Noting that IBM has the "unique advantage" of providing "world class software and services" to the DOI, Anne Altman - IBM general manager of US federal and government industries - said that the contract with the department underscores IBM's ever-growing ability "to help governments transform with new technologies, like cloud."
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