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Gravitant Supports General Dynamics Information Technology in Offering New Cloud Brokerage Services to Government Entities

Gravitant® today announced that General Dynamics Information Technology, a leading provider of IT services to government customers, will leverage Gravitant’s cloudMatrix platform in a series of new offerings that will allow governmental entities to rapidly acquire and employ hybrid cloud computing to improve control, increase security and lower costs.

With continued tightening of budgets at all levels of government coupled with broad initiatives such as the Federal government’s Cloud First policy, the opportunity to leverage public cloud computing to lower costs remains key. However, Gartner Research has noted that, “most of the cost advantages of cloud computing are predicated on public cloud solutions, but, very often, intended [government] deployments are limited to private and community clouds, where there is simply not enough scale to achieve intended cost-saving targets” (1).

A major barrier to public cloud adoption is the complexity of managing the sourcing and usage of multiple public cloud service providers as well as the lack of standardized tools to holistically manage an IT supply chain that is comprised of both private and public clouds.

To address these challenges, General Dynamics Information Technology is introducing cloud services brokerage offerings optimized for state and local governments and US federal agencies that offer affordable and manageable hybrid cloud computing solutions. These brokerages will allow various government bodies to leverage public cloud services from a variety of providers as well as their own private clouds, all under a common management and process framework. The benefits will be lower ongoing IT costs, centralized procurement and management and the flexibility to easily expand or modify infrastructure to meet changing demands over time.

Core to General Dynamics Information Technology’s new offerings is Gravitant’s cloudMatrix cloud brokerage and management platform. Streamlining the assessment, design, procurement, provisioning and real-time governance of solutions across hybrid cloud environments, the award-winning cloudMatrix serves as both a business and IT management hub for Just-in-Time ITTM — making cloud computing practical and accelerating its adoption.

"Partnering with Gravitant is consistent with the General Dynamics Information Technology commitment to provide flexible and cost effective hybrid cloud solutions that allow governments to fully benefit from cloud computing and better serve their constituents,” said Dave Ryan, vice president of General Dynamics IT’s Information Technology Solutions sector.

"Gravitant is a leader in enabling system integrators, VARs, and larger enterprises to transform how they manage an IT supply chain that leverages cloud computing services through our cloud services brokerage and management platform," said Mohammed Farooq, Chairman and CEO, Gravitant. "As a major, global IT services provider, General Dynamic Information Technology is leading this transformation to a next generation IT supply chain that is demand driven.”

About Gravitant

Based in Austin Texas, Gravitant (www.gravitant.com) provides technology solutions that help enterprise IT organizations effectively meet business needs by optimizing their IT supply chain. We enable the pragmatic consumption of private and public cloud services to help enterprises achieve agility, responsiveness, service levels and cost optimization across multiple cloud service providers. Gravitant’s cloudMatrix presents users with a single unified interface which can be used to design, order, provision and control private, public and hybrid cloud services in an end-to-end process that can be dynamically recalibrated at any time. cloudMatrix can be white-labeled by systems integrators, service providers, and enterprises.

About General Dynamic Information Technology

As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology (www.gdit.com) provides information technology, systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors. With approximately 21,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services. General Dynamics Information Technology is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

(1) “A Quick Look at Cloud Computing in Government, 2012”, Gartner Research, March 2012.

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