Department of Defense's Cloud Computing Strategy

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Stefano Mele


The DoD Cloud Computing Strategy introduces an approach to move the Department from the current state of a duplicative, cumbersome, and costly set of application silos to an end state which is an agile, secure, and cost effective service environment that can rapidly respond to changing mission needs.

Increased mission effectiveness and operational efficiencies are key benefits that can be achieved with cloud computing. Cloud computing will enable the Department to consolidate and share commodity IT functions resulting in a more efficient use of resources.

Cloud services can enhance Warfighter mobility through device and location independence while providing on‐demand secure global access to mission data and enterprise services. Cloud platforms and services can provide increased opportunity for rapid application development and reuse of applications acquired by other organizations.

The Department has specific cloud computing challenges that require careful adoption considerations, especially in areas of cybersecurity, continuity of operations, information assurance (IA), and resilience.

Additional challenges include service acquisition and funding sustainment, data migration and management, and overcoming network dependence at the tactical edge (disconnected, intermittent and low‐bandwidth (DIL) users).

The Department has identified four concurrent steps that enable a phased implementation of the DoD Enterprise Cloud Environment:

Step 1: Foster Adoption of Cloud Computing

- Establish a joint governance structure to drive the transition to the DoD Enterprise Cloud Environment;

- Adopt an Enterprise First approach that will accomplish a cultural shift to facilitate the adoption and evolution of cloud computing;

- Reform DoD IT financial, acquisition, and contracting policy and practices that will improve agility and reduce costs;

- Implement a cloud computing outreach and awareness campaign to gather input from the major stakeholders, expand the base of consumers and providers, and increase visibility of available cloud services throughout the Federal Government.

Step 2: Optimize Data center Consolidation

- Consolidate and virtualize legacy applications and data.

Step 3: Establish the DoD Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure

- Incorporate core cloud infrastructure into data center consolidation;

- Optimize the delivery of multi‐provider cloud services through a Cloud Service Broker;

- Drive continuous service innovation using Agile, a product‐focused, iterative development model;

- Drive secure information sharing by exploiting cloud innovation.

Step 4: Deliver Cloud Services

- Continue to deliver DoD Enterprise cloud services;

- Leverage externally provided cloud services, i.e., commercial services, to expand cloud offerings beyond those offered within the Department.

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Cross-posted from Stefano Mele

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