What’s The Difference Between FedRAMP IaaS, PaaS and SaaS Compliance

February 23, 2015

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Understanding the differences between IaaS, PaaS and SaaS FedRAMP compliant environments is critical for U.S. Government Agencies when choosing a cloud solution and a Cloud Service Provider (CSP).  IaaS and PaaS FedRAMP compliant platforms are just that – they are Infrastructure- and Platform-  as-a-Service offerings. FedRAMP compliant IaaS and PaaS clouds cover about 22% and 30% (respectively) of the 325 security controls required in the FedRAMP baseline. They do not cover any of the controls at the application layer such as access authorization, executable restrictions, intrusion detection, logging, etc.

For agencies that are considering deploying software on a FedRAMP compliant IaaS or PaaS cloud, unless the agency adds all of the application-level (SaaS-level) security controls, the deployment will not be fully FedRAMP compliant.

Project Hosts’ SharePoint, CRM, PPM, TFS and Virtual Desktop clouds are 100% SaaS-level FedRAMP compliant, thus eliminating the need for an agency to implement the SaaS-level controls on its own. Federal and state agencies can rely on Project Hosts to deploy and manage their public, private, community and hybrid clouds in a secure, reliable and cost-effective manner.

FedRAMP_Capital“Project Hosts is the first Cloud Service Provider to have demonstrated compliance with the rev4 FedRAMP baseline,” said Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP Director, GSA. “Through the CSP supplied path, Project Hosts’ environment was assessed by a FedRAMP-accredited 3APO confirming the completion of the FedRAMP Security Assessment Framework, paving the way for Project Hosts’ customer to grant their Agency ATOs.”

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Top 10 Reasons Why Microsoft Dynamics, Project Server and SharePoint Partners, choose to work with Project Hosts

February 17, 2015

Top_10_ArtProject Hosts takes pride in working with industry-leading Microsoft Partners globally to deliver our Custom and Federal (FedRAMP) Cloud options. When it comes to clouds, not all clouds and their providers are created equal. Some clouds lock-out solution providers from accessing core database capabilities and other administrative controls, making it difficult for them to deliver the experience customers expect.

Below are 10 critical reasons why Microsoft Partners should be working with Project Hosts:

1. #1 in Hosting Custom Clouds:
Now in our 11th year, we pioneered this space and are now the recognized leader in partner-hosted Microsoft PPM, CRM and SharePoint environments.  Recently we’ve added U.S. Government FedRAMP SaaS Compliant Clouds.

2. Security, Security, Security:
Not only are our data centers ISO 27001 and SSAE 16 certified, we also offer dedicated options for servers, domains, and networks.  Our customers and partners appreciate and value that a dedicated Private, Hybrid or Community Cloud offers.

3. “Person-2-Person” Support:
It’s nice to know that someone will actually answer  your email or phone call when you need help.  If you to reach us in an emergency, we’re available “In Person” with a published call-back time. You can reach us by email, phone or the web.

4. Complete Control:
We give our partners and customers the option to have administrative access and have custom-code or 3rd party applications installed to provide ultimate control, and a solution that best fits your needs.

5. Tech-Savvy Team:
Our highly trained and experienced technical team and support staff has the critical knowledge necessary to configure and manage the complete solution.  We’ve have gold hosting credentials from Microsoft, along with many others.

6. Apps and Consulting Partner Eco-System:
Our eco-system of world-wide consulting partners and third-party application providers ensure that you get the best possible experience, training, and consulting to maximize your company-wide adoption, and ROI.

7. No Lock-In / No Hidden Fees:
We offer flexible month-to-month and longer term contracts that scale as your needs scale.

8. 99.9% Uptime Guarantee:
We know what it takes to host and support world-class PPM, CRM and SharePoint solutions, and back them up with a 99.9% uptime guarantee across 8 world-wide data center facilities.

9. Incredible Business Value:
Our partners and customers report that their solutions and users are up and running in about ½ the time and at ½ the operating cost as compared to similarly configured on-premise environments

biggestguns_HiRes10. Microsoft and Industry Certifications:
Gold: Hosting
Gold: PPM
Silver: Collaboration and Content
Silver: Data Analytics
Silver: Mid-market Solution Provider

“The Project Hosts CRM Custom Cloud solution has helped us achieve our business goal of putting clients first, and fully enabling customer relationships. The hosted Microsoft Dynamics CRM solution gives our employees the ability to better support and service clients, while delivering seamless integration with our Outlook email and marketing automation solution. Project Hosts provides all the capabilities of an on-premise private cloud, but without all the costs and complexities.”
Thuy LongAssistant Vice President, Marketing Database ManagerBridge Bank

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Sit down with Project Hosts’ CEO and Co-Founder to discuss how Microsoft Dynamic Partners can become FedRAMP Compliant at Convergence 2015 in Atlanta GA

February 6, 2015

Scott-Chapman-FedRAMP_CRMScott Chapman, our CEO and Co-Founder, and expert in all things FedRAMP, will be available at Convergence 2015 to discuss the U.S. Federal Government and State Government opportunities for Microsoft Dynamics Partners. Scott will give you direct insights into the FedRAMP process and outline a process which will enable you to partner with Project Hosts to directly leverage this lucrative market opportunity. You can request a meeting with Scott Chapman, our CEO and Co-Founder by emailing sales@projecthosts.com. Simply state your desire to meet with Scott in your email.

Project Hosts has a FedRAMP SaaS compliant Dynamics CRM solution that Microsoft Dynamics Partners can immediately leverage. By partnering with Project Hosts, you can offer your Dynamics application, consulting, configuration and training services to Federal Government Agencies what must now adhere to the FedRAMP standard.

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Enterprise Cloud / SaaS Growth Continues At Staggering Pace. Forbes Releases Cloud Computing Forecast Roundup…

February 4, 2015

SaaS - Cloud Adoption By EnterprisesForbes has recently released a roundup of cloud computing forecasts and market estimates, and the future certainly looks extremely bright for all-things-cloud.  Researchers, analysts, and agencies alike are in absolute agreement about one thing: the demand for clouds, especially from enterprise organizations with >1,000 employees, is on the rise in a big way.

Here are just a few of the highlights from the link above.

  • IDC: By 2018, 27.8% of the worldwide enterprise applications market will be SaaS-based, generating $50.8B in revenue up from $22.6B or 16.6% of the market in 2013.  IDC estimates the overall enterprise applications market in 2013 was $135.9B.
  • Forrester expects software to be the biggest area of spending increase [by IT]  this year at $620 billion. Much of that will go toward analytics, as-a-service, and enterprise process apps such as ERP and CRM.
  • Security (36%), cloud computing (31%) and mobile devices (28%) are the top 3 initiatives IT executives are planning to have their organizations focus on over the next 12 months.
  • Centaur Partners’ analysis of SaaS & cloud-based business application services revenue forecasts the market growing from $13.5B in 2011 to $32.8B in 2016, attaining a 19.5% CAGR.
  • From Computerworld: 42% of IT decision makers are planning to increase spending on cloud computing in 2015, with the greatest growth in enterprises with over 1,000 employees (52%).

CRM-market-forecastWith numbers like these, it’s apparent that IT executives and business decision makers are no longer shying away from SaaS / Cloud solutions, in favor of their own in-house developed or deployed solutions. And many enterprises that require a higher degree of  security, integration, business intelligence, performance, and application customization turn to dedicated private, hybrid and community clouds from cloud service provider such as Project Hosts.

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How great is Dynamics CRM 2015? “It’s Really Great” – especially in a Custom Cloud by Project Hosts

January 30, 2015
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Actual screen shot of Project Hosts’ employee using Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 on an iPhone.

Note: We’ll be exhibiting at Convergence 2015.  If you’re a Dynamics Partner looking for ways to grow your business, come talk to us about how you can leverage our CRM FedRAMP Clouds and  CRM Custom Clouds during the show.  To request a meeting with our CEO and Co-Founder, Scott Chapman, please contact sales@projecthosts.com 

Microsoft’s Dynamic CRM 2015 was launched with an incredibly clean, updated look and feel. While maintaining the CRM 2013 “ribbon-less” layout, you will find that “Advanced Find” has returned to the global tool bar! This feature lends to the over-all improved and easier workflow making CRM 2015 much more intuitive. The ability to use this software on mobile devices (responsive web pages – as shown in attached photo) adds to the benefits of using CRM 2015 in a Custom Cloud by Project Hosts.

Our Custom Cloud solutions are great for both Partners and Customers — Our CRM Custom Clouds delivers all the benefits of a public cloud, but with the additional advantages of a dedicated private cloud for exceptional security, reliability availability and performance.   And, if you haven’t heard… U.S. Federal and State Agencies can use this CRM solution in an approved government cloud as Project Hosts has achieved FedRAMP SaaS compliance.

Another great feature of Microsoft CRM 2015 is the fact that it works seamlessly on Safari, making it a great choice for Mac users!

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Let Project Hosts show you how to grow your Dynamics ISV business in the U.S. Government Market

January 29, 2015

Scott-Chapman-FedRAMP_CRMConvergence_LogoThe U.S. Government represents one of largest and fastest growing Cloud Computing opportunities in the market today.  Thanks to the  government’s “Cloud-First” initiative and FedRAMP standard, U.S. federal agencies are required to use FedRAMP SaaS compliant clouds. For Dynamics CRM ISVs and Partners, this represents a huge opportunity, and one that can be immediately leveraged by partnering with Project Hosts.

Recently, Project Hosts was recognized as achieving FedRAMP SaaS compliance for a number of Microsoft solutions, including Dynamics CRM and SharePoint.  Now, Dynamics ISVs and consulting organizations can partner with Project Hosts to take advantage of this huge opportunity.  If you are attending Microsoft Convergence 2015 next month, please contact us at sales@projecthosts.com to schedule time with our CEO and Co-Founder, Scott Chapman.  In just 30 minutes of face-to-face time, you’ll find out just how easy it is to leverage the work Project Hosts has done in FedRAMP and grow your business.

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Project Hosts is the first CSP to become FedRAMP SaaS compliant, why should you care?

January 26, 2015

For months now, Project Hosts has been sharing information about the U.S. Government’s “Cloud First” initiative and FedRAMP while keeping ISVs, State and Federal agencies up-to-date on our certification process. We recently announced becoming FedRAMP Compliant at the SaaS-level and we are now ready to help others benefit from our extensive experience.

Why should you care? Well. “Project Hosts is the first Cloud Service Provider to have demonstrated compliance with the rev4 FedRAMP baseline,” said Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP Director, GSA. “Through the CSP supplied path, Project Hosts’ environment was assessed by a FedRAMP-accredited 3APO confirming the completion of the FedRAMP Security Assessment Framework, paving the way for Project Hosts’ customer to grant their Agency ATOs.”

Scott Chapman, our Co-Founder and expert in all things FedRAMP, will be available at Convergence 2015 to discuss the U.S. Government and State Government opportunities, and outline a process on how you can partner with Project Hosts to leverage this lucrative market opportunity.  You can request a meeting with Scott Chapman, our CEO and Co-Founder through sales@projecthosts.com. Simply state your desire to sit with Scott in your email.

The following Microsoft-based applications and solutions are now available from Project Hosts in FedRAMP SaaS Compliant Private and Community Clouds:

CSP Hosted Solutions

  • Microsoft SharePoint FedRAMP SaaS Cloud
  • AvePoint Compliance Guardian (for Microsoft SharePoint) FedRAMP SaaS Cloud
  • AvePoint DocAve Software (for Microsoft SharePoint) FedRAMP SaaS Cloud
  • AvePoint DocAve Governance Automation (for Microsoft SharePoint) FedRAMP SaaS Cloud
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM FedRAMP SaaS Cloud
  • Microsoft Team Foundation Server FedRAMP SaaS Cloud
  • Microsoft Project Server FedRAMP SaaS Cloud
  • Microsoft Virtual Desktop (with Microsoft Office) FedRAMP SaaS Cloud
  • BrightWork Online FedRAMP SaaS Cloud

Click for more information about these FedRAMP SaaS-level Private and Community Clouds.

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