During the summer of 2009, while it was launching its cloud storefront Apps.gov, the GSA had a RFQ out for Infrastructure-as-a-Service services. It was intended to provide information to fill the IaaS section of Apps.giv, but that section has remained “Coming Soon” until now.
Yesterday GSA revealed that they have canceled the current RFQ and plan to issue a new one in about a month. As I discussed with GSA official last week, as they were thinking about this option, the process has simply taken too long and vendor offerings have evolved since.
I do wonder whether the new RFQ will be designed to accommodate also some of the IaaS internal providers (such as NASA or DISA), and whether these agencies will be responding. It is about time that the GSA tackles more explicitly the issue of internal vs external service providers.
This is not new. Quite a few of the lines of business from the previous administration feature a competition between private and government service providers: IaaS and other cloud services should be no different.
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