GSA is using the RFI process to collect information about alternative models and/or solutions for future cloud acquisition vehicles and processes that further these goals.
One emerging concept in cloud computing is that of a 'cloud broker', an entity that manages the use, performance and delivery of cloud services, and negotiates relationships between Cloud Providers and Cloud Consumers.
The objective of this RFI is to learn more about how government can further leverage the key characteristics and advantages of cloud computing to save money and increase IT efficiencies.
Cloud brokerage is one concept that GSA is exploring and this RFI contains questions specific to cloud brokerage.
According to Gartner, A cloud services brokerage (CSB) plays an intermediary role in cloud computing. CSBs make it easier for organizations to consume and maintain cloud services, particularly when they span multiple providers.
Gartner Research VP Benoit Lheureux explains what a Cloud Services Brokerage is, what it does, and why you would consider one as part of a cloud computing strategy via an online podcast.
In an online working document, NIST has also demonstrated an interest in this role by providing their views on multiple cloud service management scenarios.
In another recent development, the Department of Defense named the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) as the department's cloud services broker.
Cross-posted from Cloud Musings