IBM launches Federal Community Cloud

IBM has declared its intentions to get its hands on even more government greenbacks with the launch of the Federal Community Cloud, a private cloud programme aimed at government organisations.

The company is clearly betting heavily on cloud computing being the way forward, and hopes to convince large-scale departments throughout the US government that relying on Big Blue for their computing needs is the way to go - and all at low, low prices.

IBM claims that its cloud-based model allows users to easily accommodate fluctuations in demand without spending a fortune on largely unused infrastructure, giving clients the ability to scale their systems at a fraction of the cost of a traditional data centre.

Heading one major concern of the cloud computing model off at the pass, IBM claims that its Federal Community Cloud is a "secure, private, multi-tenant cloud designed to meet the demanding requirements of the federal government" without letting ne'er-do-wells peek at the data stored therein.

David McQueeney, IBM Federal's chief technology officer, certainly believes that cloud computing is the way to go: "Cloud computing environments will dramatically accelerate and enhance government agency missions, opening the door to better decision making based on real-time data and laying a strong foundation for greater focus on innovation," he said in a statement.

The company already has some big names signed up to participate in the programme, with the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Education, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development all listed as customers of the Federal Community Cloud.

Although the federal level is where the big money is, IBM isn't above targeting smaller pockets too. As well as the Federal Community Cloud, the company has announced the Municipal Shared Services Cloud aimed at state and local government departments.

While cloud computing is certainly on the rise, there can be a tendency to use it in inappropriate situations simply to be seen as being buzzword-compliant - and that's something that IBM will likely be counting on to keep the contracts flowing its way.