Accelera Solutions Achieves the First ATO for Cloud-based Active Directory Service Within the DOD


Charleston, S.C. & Fairfax, Va. - Accelera Solutions, Inc., an industry leader in Cloud, Mobility, and Virtualization solutions announced today they have achieved a Department of Navy (DON) Authorization to Operate (ATO) accreditation for the Dedicated Active Directory Forest (DADF) enclave. The ATO was achieved in conjunction with the Navy Reserve Force, Space and Naval Warfare Command (SPAWAR) and other partners.

DADF delivers a scalable and highly available Federated Identity infrastructure based on Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) that provides approximately 55,000 Navy Reservists seamless access via their Common Access Cards (CACs) to applications hosted in Microsoft Office 365.  DADF represents the first and only cloud-based Active Directory service that is fully accredited with the Department of Defense (DoD). The DADF architecture is a critical component required for linking the DoD's first Microsoft Office 365 environment with the United States Navy's unified directory services.

“We are very proud of the work we have done with SPAWAR and the Navy Reserve and pleased that our efforts have resulted in the first ATO for a cloud-based AD service in the DoD”, said Steve Weiss, Accelera’s President and COO.  “This achievement underscores our commitment to providing secure cloud technologies to our customers, and further strengthens our position as the leader in this field.”

An agency grants an ATO according to a risk-based framework that analyzes how a vendor has implemented the security controls within their IT environment.  It is only after an exhaustive security assessment that the head of an agency (or their designee) can grant an Authorization to Operate (ATO). 

For more information on how Accelera is helping the Federal Government to adopt secure cloud and workplace solutions, visit the company’s Federal Government webpage at or Accelera’s main website at

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Accelera Solutions is a leading provider of cloud, mobility, and virtualization solutions, with a focus on end-user computing, cloud management, automation, and business continuity. Accelera’s customers include the Federal Government, DoD and civilian agencies, state and local Government, and commercial organizations throughout the United States. Services include professional consulting, staff augmentation, and full IT managed services.

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