Sandbox Environment Details


G2XChange has contracted with Visual Connections (VC) to provide the 3 tiered sandbox environment for the participants of the challenge. Visual Connections offers a valuable and unique capability through the Genesis Innovation Lab (GIL). This FISMA, FedRAMP, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) compliant facility will house the GIL environment and will be available to G2X participants at no-cost, to develop prototypes, demonstrate their products and solutions.

The GIL was developed to replicate DoD Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and technical environment, pre-configured with demonstration versions of the leading IT and Business Intelligence (BI) products. Participants’ sandbox will be in a secured and dedicated 3 tier development environment. Participants will be provided individual web, application and database servers. In addition for the white paper guidelines section, below are the server specifications.

  • Participants can choose either Windows Server 2012 Standard or CentOS 7.x LAMP Operating systems (if a participant chooses windows all 3 servers will be windows and vise versa with CentOS)
  • Participants will have access through the environments secured VPM
  • Servers will have the following specification
  • 1 processor core
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 100 GB local storage




*Candidates could request more if needed.

VC understands the complexities behind a data migration, from a premise-based solution to a software environment. Our experts have handled wide-ranging configurations, including the migration of data from a physical environment to a virtualized cloud. VC’s cloud of choice, IBM SoftLayer, meets FedRAMP and FISMA standards using best-of-breed technologies, and was recently FedRAMP certified. SoftLayer data centers are built to meet the privacy and security controls required in the FedRAMP and FISMA standards (certification pending for data centers reserved for government workloads). Additionally, we provide SOC 2, Type II reports for all customers who need detail about our controls for other certifications, such as PCI-DSS and HIPAA compliance.

Our cloud offerings include:

  • Bare metal to managed services
  • On and off-premise solutions
  • Real-time deployment

VC is proud to offer our services for the G2Xchange Federal Health IT Challenge.  If you would like additional information about our Cloud Services offerings, please contact:

Shelley McGuire, Relationship Manager, at smcguire@visualconnections. net.