GSA touts USAID as innovator in Federal cloud adoption

“When it comes to Information Technology (IT) modernization efforts, Portfolio Managers are tasked with developing holistic strategies that keep pace with an agency’s evolving business needs without compromising its ability to carry out its mission. The mission of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is to help others, but when it came to technological transformation, USAID had to start by helping itself. Let’s take a look at how USAID became the vanguard for smart cloud adoption in support of a complex, global mission…”

“Most recently in 2018, the USAID saw success when they migrated the Enterprise Data Center to a hybrid off-premises, public cloud solution with full disaster recovery capability. The new USAID Enterprise Data Center/Disaster Recovery (EDC/DR) solution provides government Infrastructure as a Service as well as redundancy for USAID’s network and business-critical systems. USAID also gained the ability to capitalize on more modern technology like scalable, on-demand resources, no restrictions for memory, processing, and storage, and the ability to restore data in several hours versus days or weeks. The use of ‘tagging’ in the cloud environments will enhance USAID’s ability to comply with FITARA and Technology Business Management (TBM) reporting requirements. Finally, the cloud solution is FedRAMP-authorized, ensuring the new infrastructure services meet rigorous security standards…” Read the full article here.

Source: Cloud Empowerment at USAID: A Success Story a decade in the making – October 18, 2019. GSA Cloud Interact Community.

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