Government cloud refers to the cloud computing solutions and services that are developed specifically for government firms and agencies. Government agencies are significantly adopting virtualization products, due to various benefits such as reduced Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) and Operational Expenditure (OPEX), scalability, faster deployment, and elasticity.

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The MicroQuadrant provides information about the major players who offer government cloud solutions and services. It outlines the findings and analysis on how well each market vendor performs within the predefined MicroQuadrant criteria. The vendor evaluations are based on 2 broad categories: strength of product portfolio and business strategy excellence. Each category carries various criteria, based on which the vendors have been evaluated. The evaluation criteria considered under the strength of product portfolio includes breadth and depth of service offering (on the basis of the industries that the vendors cater to, solutions, and service offerings), service feature/functionality (on the basis of the overall capabilities of the services), focus on service innovation (on the basis of R&D activities for new service innovations), and service differentiation and impact on customer value (on the basis of the services’ unique qualities and the impact they have on the customers’ buying decision). The evaluation criteria considered under the business strategy excellence include the effectiveness of the growth strategy (on the basis of partnerships and revenue generation), channel strategy and fit (on the basis of the channel partners that the vendors cater to), geographic footprint (on the basis of geographic presence), and mergers and acquisitions strategy (on the basis of the company’s key mergers/acquisitions or partnership deals in the last couple of years). We have placed vendors into 4 categories based on their performance in each criterion: “Visionary Leaders,” “Innovators,” “Emerging Companies,” and “Dynamic Differentiators.”

VISIONARY LEADERS

Vendors who fall into this category generally receive high scores for most of the evaluation criteria. They have a robust and established product portfolio and very strong market presence. Moreover, these vendors also have strong business strategies. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, IBM, Google, HPE, Salesforce, Oracle, Cisco Systems, Verizon, Dell Technologies, and VMware are the visionary leaders in the government cloud market. They have a strong portfolio of services and these vendors have been marking their market presence by offering customized services as per the IT requirement of the companies. The growth strategies of these companies have helped them advance consistently in the government cloud market.

INNOVATORS

Innovators are vendors who have demonstrated substantial product innovations as compared to their competitors. They have a focused product portfolio. However, they do not have very strong growth strategies for their overall business. Key innovator in this market is NetApp. These companies possess innovative services to cater to the future mobility demands. They focus on their service portfolio and have the robust potential to build strong business strategies for expanding their business and staying at par with the visionary leaders. These vendors have been consistently offering government cloud solutions to fulfill customers’ demands. The innovators have been at the forefront for deploying its solutions.

DYNAMIC Differentiators

The dynamic differentiators category includes established vendors with very strong business strategies. However, they are low in their product portfolio. They generally focus on a specific type of technology, related to the product. NTT DATA, CGI Group, NEC, SAP, and AT&T are the key dynamic differentiators in the government cloud market. These companies have an innovative portfolio of services. They also have an extensive network of channel partners and resellers to increase the deployment of their services across a multitude of verticals. The dynamic vendors have been consistently generating a positive revenue growth in the government cloud market, and its market position is boosted by their organic and inorganic ventures.

EMERGING COMPANIES

Emerging companies’ category comprises vendors with niche product offerings, who are starting to gain their position in the market. They do not have very strong business strategies as compared to other established vendors. They might be new entrants in the market and require some more time before getting significant traction. The emerging companies in the government cloud market are Informatica, Capgemini, CenturyLink, Citrix, Huddle, Equinix, Fujitsu, and Red Hat.

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  • Amazon Web Services’ government cloud offerings include products, such as Amazon Web Services GovCloud (US) and G-Cloud UK. Amazon Web Services GovCloud (US) is designed to meet the stringent US government security and compliance requirements, and host sensitive data and regulated workloads. The product provides government customers and their partners the flexibility to architect secure cloud solutions that comply with regulations, such as Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) High Baseline; DOJ’s Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Security Policy; US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); Department of Defense (DoD) Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide (SRG) for Impact Levels 2, 4, and 5; FIPS 140-2; IRS-1075; and other compliance requirements.

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  • Oracle offers the Oracle Public Sector Cloud to address the needs of the government agencies in the government cloud marketspace. The product is a complete suite that offers advanced, secure, and cost-effective cloud solutions, designed to fulfill the needs of all types of government customers. The product is a comprehensive cloud solution, with dedicated facilities, to adhere to the industry standards and government accreditations. Moreover, the offering includes US government cloud services, DoD cloud services, and UK government cloud services.

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  • Azure Government is Microsoft’s government cloud platform for the US state, local, and federal government agencies. The product offers a cloud platform that provides functionalities, such as security, privacy and control, compliance, and transparency. Azure Government provides security and compliance services to the US government for all systems and applications, deployed in its architecture. These services adhere to FedRAMP and DoD compliance certifications, CJIS state-level agreements, HIPAA business associate agreements, and support for IRS 1075.

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  • Dell Technologies Cloud for the US Government along with Microsoft Private Cloud is the company’s leading products that cater to the needs of the government agencies in the government cloud marketspace. Dell Technologies’ government cloud offerings consist of solutions and services, such as big data and analytics, data processing, cloud, networking, security, servers, and storage. Dell Technologies Cloud for the US Government is a scalable cloud environment that supports FISMA, Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP), and FedRAMP compliance requirements.

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  • Cisco Systems’ government cloud offering includes solutions, such as hybrid cloud, security, networking, cloud applications, professional services, and managed services. The hybrid cloud provides benefits, such as multi-cloud advantage, flexibility, speed, and scalability, whereas security enables protection from data breaches and secures data access. The benefits of Cisco Systems’ government cloud include reduced costs, organizational agility, and government transformation.

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  • HPE’s government cloud offerings include shared services, cloud security, hybrid cloud, and HPE Helion. HPE Helion is an IaaS cloud service that implements the FedRAMP by establishing controls for security, privacy, and IT governance, to fulfill the requirements of the US government agencies. This secured infrastructure and platform enables government agencies; contractors; and non-government organizations, governed by federal regulations, to function in the cloud environment flexibly while adhering to the security, privacy, and IT governance controls, required by the federal government.

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  • Google launched government cloud offerings in 2010 to address the needs of the government agencies and improve the operational efficiency. The product, Google government cloud, is a suite that includes hosted emails, word processing, collaboration, and website creation services, tailored to meet the demands of the government sector. The product is compliant with the regulations of FISMA, and other public sector privacy and security policies.

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  • IBM offers various cloud solutions, such as private cloud, high-performance bare metal, mobile application development, big data and analytics, virtual servers, storage, managed services, and security solutions, to the government organizations. The infrastructure, offered by the company, adheres to various compliance standards, such as FedRAMP, FISMA, FFIEC, Cloud Security Alliance, and HIPAA.

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  • Verizon caters to various government agencies, such as education, the federal government, state and local government, and public safety, and offers various cloud solutions to address the operational needs. The solutions provided comprise collaboration, security, networking, mobile workforce, cloud and data centers, and professional services.

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  • Salesforce offers government CRM to cater to the needs of the government sector. The product is designed to address the needs of the federal government, government contractors, DoD, state government, and resource management. The government cloud solutions offered are FedRAMP-approved, and streamline workflows, improve operational efficiency, and upgrade in a timely manner.

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  • VMware is one of the global leading providers of virtualization and digital services to its clients. The company offers heterogeneous products and services, including cloud, digital workspace, network security, enterprise mobility management, and desktop and application virtualization. VMware offers vCloud Government Service to address the needs of the government agencies in the government cloud marketspace.

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  • CGI Group offers a wide portfolio of products, including CGI Accelerate, CGI Advantage360, CGI Advantage Case Management, CGI Advantage Regulatory Management, CGI Unify360, and Identicate, in the government cloud marketspace. The company offers a complete spectrum of cloud management, integration, and consulting services.

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