(The Hosting News) – Horizon, a Dallas-based data company has been selected to provide the U.S. Federal government with cloud solutions, the company announced on Tuesday.
By having been selected, Horizon receives “ATO” approval (Authority to operate).
The selection arrives after an 8-month review process. Before being approved, the government had to make sure that Horizon could meet security standards. Ensuring proper disaster recovery also played an important part in the review process.
In a press release concerning the matter, the company’s CEO stated, “With this ATO, Horizon’s purpose built cloud is officially open for government business, and Horizon and EyakTek are ready to take the lead in helping federal agencies save money by accessing the incredible potential of our highly secure, cloud-based services.”
Horizon began in 2000 and specializes in managed services, including cloud computing and colocation. According to its site, Horizon’s clients have included the Hunt Capital Group and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
You can view the entire press release here.
In recent years, the U.S. government has adopted a cloud-first policy. In April, the government approved cloud-based Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS) by Microsoft for use by federal employees.
The U.S. government is also currently in the process of consolidating its federal data centers and plans to shut down 800 within the next four years. In April, a study by IT research group Meritalk estimated that the government could save nearly eighteen billion dollars from the closures.