The U.S. Courts released a request for information (RFI) seeking Cloud Management Portal (CMP) products to support both private and commercial cloud hosting providers.

The goal of the RFI is to determine whether there are products available in the marketplace that can meet the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC) requirements to allow interoperability between existing U.S. Courts IT products.

U.S. Courts noted that the RFI is not to procure a CMP, as the judiciary already owns a CMP. Rather, the RFI is seeking information to extend the existing CMP for use in the management of commercial cloud providers in addition to the private internet data centers (IDCs) already under U.S. Courts management.

Interested parties are asked to answer a variety of questions. Specifically, U.S. Courts is interested in whether the proposed product is FedRAMP certified and if it is currently in use with enterprise public sector customers running in production (i.e. not lab/test or evaluation).

The RFI said that the eventual product will need to support a service provider environment where a single implementation of the CMP will be used to support roughly 350 subscribers providing isolation. Along the same lines, U.S. Courts needs to know if the product can support an environment where roughly 350 subscribers will each require role-based access to features and functions of the CMP where that level of access is managed centrally.

Interested parties are also asked to explain how the proposed product will function in an environment with roughly 100 active directory domains, where non-transitive two-way trusts may or may not exist between subscribers and the CMP.

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