SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/17/14 -- Project Hosts, the leading provider of Custom Cloud hosting for Microsoft PPM, SharePoint and CRM, announced today that it has achieved "readiness" status by the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board to undergo the FedRAMP SaaS authorization process for its private cloud solutions for U.S. Government agencies. As a Cloud Service Provider (CSP), Project Hosts is on track to be the first vendor to deliver SaaS-level FedRAMP authorization for Microsoft Project Server, Dynamics CRM and SharePoint private clouds.
Currently, Project Hosts delivers private cloud solutions for government agencies on a FedRAMP authorized Platform as a Service (PaaS). In this next phase of the FedRAMP process, Project Hosts will achieve an Authority To Operate (ATO) as a Cloud Service Provider (CSP) for Software as a Service (SaaS), making the company eligible to do business with any government agency seeking cloud hosting services for Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management (PPM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) or SharePoint clouds. For FedRAMP approved vendors visit: http://cloud.cio.gov/fedramp/in-process
"By becoming FedRAMP authorized at the SaaS level for Microsoft PPM, CRM and SharePoint, we are removing a huge IT burden and expense for any government agency that elects to host these solutions on a FedRAMP PaaS authorized environment," said Scott Chapman, CEO and Co-Founder of Project Hosts, Inc. "A FedRAMP SaaS-level authorization means that we have already implemented the hundreds of additional security controls required for a government cloud, thus relieving them from having to do so."
FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The program was developed to significantly reduce the effort and expense that would be incurred by government agencies to achieve high-level standards for securing government data. Designed as an "approve once, deploy many" program, authorized Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) would attain a provisional Authority To Operate (ATO) and provide cloud services for many agencies. Government agencies can then select an authorized CSP in an effort to save taxpayer expense on government IT infrastructure and cloud applications. The JAB is the primary governance group of the FedRAMP program, consisting of the chief information officers of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. General Services Administration.
The FedRAMP program supports the U.S. government's "Cloud-First" initiative to enable U.S. federal agencies to use managed service providers that enable cloud computing capabilities. The FedRAMP program is designed to comply with the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA). Government agencies will be required to use FedRAMP authorized cloud services beginning this (2014) year.
About Project Hosts: Project Hosts, Inc. is the worldwide leader in Custom Cloud hosting of Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management (PPM), CRM and SharePoint SaaS solutions. Government Agencies, leading enterprises and medium-sized businesses rely on Project Hosts to deliver all of the benefits of a private cloud, such as a dedicated solution architecture, advanced application integration, customized security, and real-time business intelligence reporting, but without all the costs and complexities. Many of our customers report their solutions and users are up and running in one-half (1/2) the time, and at one-half (1/2) the cost as compared to similarly configured on premise environment or self-managed cloud. www.projecthosts.com -- firstname.lastname@example.org
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