SOURCE: Project Hosts, Inc.

Project Hosts, Inc.

November 17, 2015 08:00 ET

"ISV FedRAMP Program" for Azure Gov Cloud Enables ISVs to Deliver Their Applications From a FedRAMP SaaS-Compliant Cloud

Program Utilizes Azure Gov Cloud and Project Hosts FedRAMP SaaS-Compliancy Expertise to Support Applications Availability For U.S. Federal and State Government Agencies

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - November 17, 2015) - Project Hosts, a CSP and leading provider of managed cloud services for Microsoft Azure and hosted solutions, with sponsorship support from the Azure team, today announced at the Microsoft 2015 Government Cloud Forum in Washington DC a new ISV FedRAMP Program that enables Microsoft ISVs to deliver their applications as an Azure Gov cloud service that meets the FedRAMP SaaS-level security controls. The new program is immediately available to ISVs that must adhere to the hundreds of SaaS-level security controls in FedRAMP in order to sell to US Federal and State agencies.

"By incorporating the ISV's application software directly into our Azure Gov FedRAMP cloud environment we perform the necessary due-diligence and create the requisite documentation to ensure all security controls are in place to maintain SaaS-level compliance," said Scott Chapman, CEO and co-founder of Project Hosts, Inc. "This enables ISVs to deliver their applications as a FedRAMP SaaS-level compliant cloud service in an Azure Gov subscription."

By joining the program and aligning with Project Hosts, ISVs can sell their add-on solutions to U.S. federal and state agencies that require a FedRAMP SaaS-level compliant cloud service. The program:

  • Fast-tracks ISVs into the Azure Gov cloud - the emerging cloud standard for both federal and state U.S. government agencies
  • Enables ISVs to be selling to US Government Agencies - typically within 3 months of joining the program
  • Creates a ready-made community - an ecosystem of FedRAMP SaaS compliant applications on the Azure Gov platform

The ISV FedRAMP Program utilizes Project Hosts' Federal Private Cloud solution platform in a Azure Gov Cloud and incorporates Windows Server, Windows SQL Server database, SharePoint collaboration platform, Dynamics CRM, Project Server, Team Foundation Server (TFS), Remote Desktop and a host of third party ISV applications and add-ons.

"ISVs with applications targeted to federal government agencies can work with Project Hosts to provide their solution in a FedRAMP SaaS-compliant Azure Gov cloud," said Michael Batt, Director Government Cloud Partner Programs, Microsoft Corp. "This program utilizes Project Hosts' FedRAMP SaaS-compliant status and expertise in Azure and can significantly reduce both the time and expense it would take ISVs to secure FedRAMP SaaS compliancy on their own."

The program incorporates these critical steps:

  • Understand ISV's application software deployment requirements and dependencies
  • Deploy ISV's application on FedRAMP SaaS Compliant test environment in Azure Gov
  • Run vulnerability scans on Windows OS, SQL Server Database and ISV Application(s)
  • Consult with ISV and correct issues, if needed
  • Incorporate ISV's application software into Project Hosts' System Security Plan (SSP) documentation
  • Confirm approval with GSA / FedRAMP

About FedRAMP: The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. This approach uses a "do once, use many times" framework that saves an estimated 30-40% of government costs, as well as both time and staff required to conduct redundant agency security assessments. FedRAMP is the result of close collaboration with cybersecurity and cloud experts from the General Services Administration (GSA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), National Security Agency (NSA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council and its working groups, as well as private industry.

About Project Hosts: Project Hosts, Inc. is a recognized U.S. Government Cloud Services Provider (CSP) and leader in providing Managed Cloud Services on Azure and hosting Microsoft Solutions and ISV applications. Federal and state government agencies, leading enterprises and medium-sized businesses rely on Project Hosts to deliver a highly secure and dedicated cloud environment that can be customized to meet their specific business needs, security standards, IT governance and integration requirements. www.projecthosts.com - info@projecthosts.com

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