Responding to increasing demand for highly compliant cloud and managed IT infrastructure as a service (IaaS) solutions, QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS) – a provider of data center, managed hosting and cloud services – and cloud services provider Virtustream have announced a joint cloud hosting and compliance services agreement.
Under terms of the agreement, QTS will host two of Virtustream’s FedRAMP compliant clouds in QTS’ premium data centers in Dallas, Texas and Dulles, Virginia. Additionally, QTS will deploy Virtustream’s Viewtrust a Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) solution to deliver risk identification and analysis mitigation planning and compliance automation as part of QTS’ portfolio of data centers and IT infrastructure services.
QTS’ Federal experience and past performance would be well-documented as they have worked closely with civilian, defense and intelligence community agencies to support more than 50 Authorizations to Operate (ATO) across diverse IT systems. With its extensive qualifications and its own Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO), QTS is now leveraging its core competencies and public sector expertise in the form of new services for other service providers to decrease their risk and increase their ability to maintain compliance with rigorous standards like FedRAMP.
In addition to NIST standards, QTS also supports customers seeking compliance across FISMA, DoD RMF/DIACAP, HIPAA/HITECH, PCI, International Traffic Arms Regulations (ITAR), FIPS 140-2, ISO 27001:2013, and AT 101 SOC Type 2, among others.
Virtustream is a provider of cloud software and services to government agencies in the U.S. and Europe. The company has received a P-ATO from the Joint Authorization Board for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and will leverage QTS’ FedRAMP controls and processes as Virtustream seeks to expand its FedRAMP compliant service offerings.
“We are pleased to partner with Virtustream to share our experiences solving complex IT compliance requirements for the Federal marketplace,” said Jon Greaves, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of QTS. “Our Dallas and Dulles data centers are designed specifically for delivering maximum levels of security, compliance and redundancy and we look forward to further optimizing our customers’ compliance profile via Virtustream’s Viewtrust product.”
Dallas Data Center
Featuring 64,000 square feet of data center space, QTS Dulles is a 7.3-megawatt, LEED Silver certified data center delivering colocation, managed and cloud services requiring FISMA, DIACAP and FedRAMP compliance.
QTS’ Dallas mega data center is strategically located on a 40-acre campus less than five minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and ensures optimal, fiber-rich connectivity coast-to-coast. QTS Dallas-Fort Worth is a LEED Gold Certified 700,000 square feet data center facility capable of providing up to 230,000 square feet of raised floor. Its diverse fiber network connections would allow QTS to provide carrier-neutral connectivity with maximum flexibility, providing convenient access to the area’s numerous network providers.
“Virtustream is committed to delivering the highest levels of security and compliance for our Federal government and other public sector customers,” said Joe Moye, Senior Vice President Public Sector for Virtustream. “QTS, with 50+ ATOs and a proven track record operating FedRAMP compliant clouds, will play an important role in supporting that commitment.”