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Monday, November 17, 2008

Cloud Computing at DoD, DISA, DIA, CENTCOM and NCOIC

At CloudCamp last week, Military Information Technology distributed free copies of it's November issue to all attendees. The issue contains a very informative article by Cheryl Gerber titled "Computing in the Clouds".  The article is a MUST READ and was written from one-on-one interviews on cloud computing with:
  • Ken Pierce, IT Specialist with DIA-DS/C4ISR
  • Robert Ames, Director and Deputy Chief Technology Officer, IBM Federal
  • Colonel Joe Means, RACE Program Manager at DISA
  • Alfred Rivera, Director DISA Computing Services Directorate
  • Dave Jackson, CEO Cluster Resources
  • Mike Kochanik, CollabNet VP of Worldwide Market Development
  • Tim May, Apptis SVP Corporate Development
  • Phil Horovitz, Apptis CTO
  • Herb Kelsey, Managing Director, SBU Advisors
  • Bob Lozano, Appistry Founder and Chief Strategist
The big take-a-ways are as follows:

  • The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is using cloud computing to streamline operational expenses while providing users with fast, customized self-service.
  • The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is using cloud computing to meet increasing demands to process large data on networks more rapidly while realizing budgetary efficiency
  • Reliability enhancements from cloud computing helped the US Central Command (CENTCOM) mitigate the impact of an unplanned cessation of data transport.
  • Cloud computing is seen by the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) as an obvious way to address enterprise large data problems.
  • The DOD and DISA are leveraging cloud computing technologies for a global application lifecycle management solution and software development collaboration
  • The Network-Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC), a consortium formed to support those who design and deliver systems for warriors, first-responders, and others that seek to maximize information age capabilities, has recently formed an Enterprise Cloud Computing group to address current mission requirements and to identify key areas of concern.