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Verizon Wins BPA to Provide Cloud Services to USDA; Susan Zeleniak Comments

Susan Zeleniak
Susan Zeleniak

Verizon has won a blanket purchase agreement to provide cloud computing products and services to the Agriculture Department aimed at helping USDA manage resources and meeting federal mandates.

The company will deploy its Enterprise Cloud: Federal Edition infrastructure to 34 USDA organizations under the enterprise data center cloud BPA, awarded through the GSA Schedule 70 program, the company said Thursday.

USDA will administer the agreement through its national information technology center, responsible for ensuring department employees have access to information.

“My cloud-computing conversations with federal IT leaders have definitely changed over the past couple of years,“ said Susan Zeleniak, Verizon senior vice president for public sector markets.

“It's no longer a question if cloud initiatives will be successful but how can they determine the best applications to move to the cloud and quicken the pace of cloud migrations and data center consolidation programs,“ he added.

Enterprise Cloud: Federal Edition is hosted at federal datacenters that house IT infrastructure and is intended to comply with government security and reliability requirements such as FISMA and FedRAMP.

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