Pentagon to tap into cloud computing

Published: 12th July 2012 12:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2012 12:42 PM   |  A+A-


The US Department of Defense has released a cloud computing strategy, saying it will move the department's current network applications from a cumbersome and costly set of application silos to an end-state designed to create a more agile and cost effective service environment.

In announcing the strategy Wednesday, the Pentagon said the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has been named as the enterprise cloud service broker to help maintain mission assurance and information interoperability within this new strategy, reported Xinhua.

Cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the net to store, manage and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.

"We are moving to an enterprise cloud environment that provides tangible benefits across the department by supporting the delivery of the joint information environment," said Teri Takai, defense department chief information officer.

"This strategy lays the groundwork, as part of the Joint Information Environment framework, for achieving cloud adoption within the department."

Takai said the strategy will "align with all department-wide information technology efficiency initiatives, federal data center consolidation and cloud computing efforts," aiming to improve mission effectiveness, increase IT efficiencies, and enhance cyber security.

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