The Department Of Defence Meets The Cloud

Beginning of an Overcast Era: The Department of Defence Meets the Cloud

The United States Department of Defence has recently endorsed the (long awaited) shift to the cloud. The cloud computing strategy, as the feds calls it, expounds the departments’ intention to relocate the existent network applications from the whirlpool of conventionally burdensome, overly expensive in-house application set to a light-weight, secure out-bound cost-effective eco-system.

The responsibility for choreographing the cloud transition has been entrusted to Defence Information Systems Agency. Teri Takai, Chief Information Officer at Department of Defence, publicized the said information. In addition, a note has been published to inform the higher ups at Pentagon of the cloud broker’s final selection.

“We are moving to an enterprise cloud environment that provides tangible benefits across the department by supporting the delivery of the joint information environment,” announced Takai.

Takai explained the core mission of the DISA’s Enterprise Cloud – bringing to the front cloud computing services aimed at providing exceptional information technology competence, and that as well, at the lowest incurred expenses and the highest echelon of consistency and protection.

Takai believes that “This strategy lays the groundwork, as part of the Joint Information Environment framework, for achieving cloud adoption within the department.” She is a strong advocate of the said strategy and hopes that it will function to streamline the information theory effectiveness programme, the data centre integration and the overall cloud computing efforts.

The specific responsibilities of DISA as a Cloud Service Broker were also highlighted in the published note – the first and foremost of them being improvement in cloud service safety and efficacy. The second important task handed over to DISA is the fusion of cloud services within the operational dynamics of the Department of Defence. The third vital responsibility is to provide on-going assistance to the Department of Defence in custom tailoring the cloud services for their technical and mission critical needs.

DISA’s lead on the strategy has been intended not only to stress on the achievement of the above mentioned objectives, but also to shape up the department to comply with the guidelines crafted by FedRAMP as well as to fit seamlessly in the U.S Cyber Command defence operations. As per chalked out plan, constituents under the Department of Defence will be required either to acquire cloud services via DISA or to attain a waiver from a nominated evaluation authority as per agency stipulations. DISA’s role, intrinsically as a broker, has been formulated by the National Institute of Science and Technology’s cloud computing reference architecture.

The strategy is primarily motivated by its promising cost cut-down and smooth operation features – something the Department of Defence is in dire need of. A few months time will reveal the consequences of the cloud shift, hopefully positive and fruitful.

By Humayun Shahid

Humayun

With degrees in Communication Systems Engineering and Signal Processing, Humayun currently works as a lecturer at Pakistan's leading engineering university. The author has an inclination towards incorporating quality user experience design in smartphone and web applications.

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