Verizon's cloud platform gets FedRAMP authorization from Health and Human Services

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) Enterprise Solutions' cloud computing platform strengthened its bond further with its government agency customers by gaining the authority to operate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program.

By securing FedRAMP Agency ATO, U.S. government agencies can now turn to Verizon as a supplier when they need to migrate their mission-critical workloads to the cloud, while simultaneously reducing time, cost and resources required to evaluate cloud service security.

ATO also helps government agencies address various IT reform programs such as the Digital Government Strategy, the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy and the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative.

Verizon said that more of its existing public sector customers are in some stage of evaluating a cloud solution.

"We are seeing accelerating interest in cloud computing across our public sector business, and achieving FedRAMP authorization underscores our commitment to providing reliable, flexible and high-performance on-demand computing solutions that enable the business of government," said Michael Maiorana, senior vice president of public sector markets, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, in a release.

The public sector is just one of many segments where Verizon is seeing interest in cloud services.

According to its recently published State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud 2014 report, 65 percent of enterprises, including the government agencies, are now using cloud technology, services and solutions as part of their IT infrastructure. In addition, the report found that 71 percent of Verizon cloud customers are using cloud for mission-critical applications, up from 60 percent in 2013.

Cloud services and Ethernet continue to be a major part of Verizon's business strategic revenue mix, rising 1.0 percent year-over-year to $2.1 billion in the third quarter of 2014. However, overall enterprise sales were $3.38 billion, down 4.4 percent from $3.5 billion in the third quarter of 2013 due to ongoing declines in legacy services and CPE.

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