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SharePoint 2013 Private Cloud Solutions From Project Hosts to Be FedRAMP JAB P-ATO Approved This Fall

FedRAMP Approval Enables U.S. Government Agencies to Quickly and Cost Effectively Take Advantage of SharePoint Cloud Solutions and Application Environments From Microsoft Partners

SUNNYVALE CA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/27/14 -- Project Hosts, the leading provider of Custom Cloud hosting for Microsoft PPM, SharePoint and CRM, announced today that its hosted SharePoint 2013 platform is expected to be FedRAMP JAB P-ATO approved in Q3, 2014. Project Hosts already uses a FedRAMP-approved Windows Azure cloud infrastructure, and is currently going through the control and assessment process to ensure that SharePoint 2013 is also fully FedRAMP approved. Project Hosts will leverage this FISMA / NIST compliant, and "Cloud First" platform to deliver dedicated, private cloud, hosted SharePoint solutions and applications that are specifically tuned to U.S. Government agency requirements.

Project Hosts has more than a decade of experience in Microsoft application hosting and cloud services and provides the necessary SaaS competencies to deliver SharePoint 2013 and third party applications on top of the Windows Azure IAAS and PAAS cloud layers. Project Hosts delivers SharePoint hosting and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions that, unlike shared public clouds, provide dedicated environments with the customized security, partner applications and real-time reporting requirements that U.S. Government offices and agencies require.

Project Hosts utilizes the Microsoft Azure platform. Azure was granted Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB) in September of 2013. The FedRAMP program supports the U.S. government's "Cloud-First" initiative to enable U.S. federal agencies to use managed service providers that enable cloud computing capabilities. The FedRAMP program is designed to comply with the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA). Windows Azure is a secure and reliable cloud platform that enables companies like Project Hosts to quickly build, deploy and manage applications in a SaaS offering across Microsoft's extensive network of datacenters.

"Project Hosts is our go-to partner when our clients need a private cloud deployment of our popular BrightWork Online project management solution that is built on SharePoint," said Eamonn McGuinness, CEO of BrightWork. "The reliability and availability of Project Hosts' Custom Clouds are only outdone by the responsiveness of the Project Hosts engineering team, and their personal support services."

"Our commitment to supporting SharePoint application partners, such as BrightWork, is a critical element in delivering SharePoint solutions to government agencies," said Scott Chapman, CEO and Co-founder of Project Hosts, Inc. "With FedRAMP P-ATO authorization and FISMA / NIST standards compliance we will be able to deliver more SharePoint private cloud solutions to far more U.S. Government agencies and departments."

About FedRAMP: FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The JAB is the primary governance group of the FedRAMP program, consisting of the chief information officers of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. General Services Administration.

About Windows Azure: Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.

About BrightWork: BrightWork is the first collaborative Project Management product built on Microsoft SharePoint. BrightWork enables any organization to instantly deploy an affordable amount of project management, delivering immediate visibility and control. The unique best practices template approach pioneered by BrightWork allows organizations to start quickly and to gradually evolve by adding more templates and dashboards when needed.

About Project Hosts: Project Hosts, Inc. is the worldwide leader in custom cloud hosting of Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management (PPM), CRM and SharePoint SaaS solutions. Government Agencies, leading enterprises and medium-sized businesses rely on Project Hosts to deliver all of the benefits of a cloud-based solution with the additional business and technology advantages of a dedicated solution architecture, advanced application integration, customized security requirements and real-time business intelligence reporting. Many of our customers report their solutions and users are up and running in one-half (1/2) the time, and at one-half (1/2) the cost as compared to similarly configured on premise environments. www.projecthosts.com -- [email protected]

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