IBM has created a new Federal Community Cloud designed to help government organizations, such as the Department of Health & Human Services, respond to technology requirements more quickly and at lower cost. The secure, private cloud environment is part of IBM’s established and dedicated Federal Data Centers (FDC) that provide secure and comprehensive certified computing capabilities to federal government clients. IBM’s Federal Community Cloud (FCC) will enable data and services to reside in secure, scalable data centers that can be quickly accessed by federal organizations at a fraction of the cost. The capabilities are dynamic and scalable to help organizations meet government consolidation policies mandated by Obama administration Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra in February. This technology will help in the processing of electronic benefits claims and identifying waste, fraud and abuse in programs such as Medicare. It will also put to use for healthcare research, IBM execs say. The cloud will also help address pressing needs such as maintaining security, quickly deploying new applications and services for collaboration, meeting environmental mandates, reducing costs, and adhering to the “landslide” of compliance requirements. As a result, data center capacity will continue to be in short supply, and running independent IT infrastructures becomes a riskier proposition for the federal government, as well as a costlier use of taxpayer dollars.