Government heads to cloud for excess archival storage needs

Tuesday, August 31st 2021

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Government organizations have always seen the value in storing data with the cloud, but regulations typically limit who, where and what sort of storage business they can work with, said Dave Raffo, an analyst at Evaluator Group.

“The government was an early proponent of the cloud,” Raffo said. “They’re following the same thing we’re seeing in the enterprise. The government has a lot of extremes, whether it’s performance or capacity.”

Those regulations mean companies whitelisted through contracts and bids typically have a very lucrative market open to them, Raffo said.

VAST Data recently announced that it received $10 million in orders from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) through its government tech subsidiary, VAST Federal, for its on-premises storage and private cloud offering. Meanwhile, cloud hyperscalers including AWS, Microsoft, Oracle and Google became ensnared in legal battles over the former $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract also put forward by the DoD.

“There are a lot of vendors targeting that market,” Raffo said.

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