General Dynamics (GD)is one of the top 5 defense contractors in the world and is a well known system integrator in government circles. GD’s information systems prowess covers all five of the domains known to mankind (space, land, air, sea, and cyber).
Since the federal government initiated the "cloud first" program, government agencies as well as their suppliers have been trying to find ways to construct cloud services that meet their special needs. Due to these special requirements, public clouds may not fit the bill but community or private clouds offer some of the advantages of cloud services (on-demand, self-service, pay-for-what-you-use, etc.) while having specialized security controls.
Yesterday General Dynamics and Gravitant announced they are working together to introduce a community cloud environment optimized for state and local government organizations as well as US federal agencies. Last month I posted a blog about gravitating-to-the-cloud/index.html" target="_blank">Gravitant, who specializes in what I call supply change management for clouds. One of Gravitant’s specific strengths is their ability to apply strong governance through their governance policy engine. The product's ability to sit on top of multiple cloud providers with their cloudMatrix technology that allows IT to broker and manage services on- and off-premises. This makes them fairly unique in terms of enabling ITaaS for IT departments via either a SaaS delivery model or as a product set that is installed on-premises.
I see verticalization and IT centered brokering of services as an important trend in the coming year as more organizations find new ways to provision cloud services and manage heterogeneous workloads across multiple cloud providers without giving away the keys to the kingdom in the process.
Is your company building or using a vertical cloud?