Telecommunications corporation AT&T announced Sept. 2 the creation of a highly secure cloud-based storage solution designed specifically to meet the security requirements of federal government agencies. Called AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service for Government, the service is a multi-tenant, community cloud offer.
“Federal agencies want the mobility, collaboration, information sharing and efficiency that cloud offers, but they can’t afford to adopt cloud solutions that sacrifice performance, reliability and above all, security,” said Kay Kapoor, President, AT&T Government Solutions, in a statement. “Our new STaaS for Government offer delivers the key attributes Federal buyers require and allows them to move to the cloud with ease and confidence.”
It has the same features, policies, capabilities, and EMC Atmos technology as AT&T’s commercial cloud storage offer but adds further security measures including:
- Storage towers that are physically separated from other users’ towers in the data center;
- Separate logical cloud for government data;
- A separate cloud portal partition for government agencies;
- All government agency customers and their authorized users are assigned RSA hard token for 2-Factor Authentication.
WashingtonExec covered the announcement of Kapoor to President of AT&T Government Solutions Unit in 2013.