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Commentary: Cloud Computing and the US Navy
August 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm #77454
Navy CIO Robert Carey
I recently attended the Cloud Computing Symposium at the National Defense University. And as I sat there, I wondered about information management/information technology in the Department of the Navy. Specifically, are we working to keep our IM/IT status quo (very basic evolutionary change) or reaching for what might be considered revolutionary advances?
Most of what we can do when we sit in front of our NMCI desktops (or other legacy networks) has remained essentially unchanged since the beginning of the NMCI deployment. Sure we have larger flat panel monitors and faster CPUs, more current operating systems and software, but its effectiveness has remained relatively unchanged. While we have world-class networks, we are constrained by the architecture we invested in, which makes it a challenge to move forward. As we look to the future, we should aim for high performance at the least possible cost. What do I mean by that?
Our future networks and management processes need to provide room for innovation as a fundamental element of the network. But that innovation must improve the efficiency, increase the security and decrease the cost of computing.
Are we working on reducing the cost of the network seats we procure to $1,000 per seat instead of the approximately $3,000 we pay annually? What drives the cost per seat? Legacy infrastructure, for one thing, is a huge part. Does the network connectivity model we use support revolutionary or evolutionary change?
I believe that some attributes of cloud computing offer the ability to significantly reduce the cost of computing infrastructures, while also improving services and security. The Department drafted the vision for the Naval Networking Environment 2016 a full eight years in advance of its target goals. Are we on a path to meet or exceed those goals? A significant reduction in the cost of our computing infrastructure could be achieved by the Green IT initiative the Department is undertaking.
We need to vet innovative ideas that are capable of demonstrating levels of improvement greater than we have seen in the past. In addition, as the Federal Government works to speed IT acquisition, we must be able to rapidly and effectively insert innovative IT solutions into our legacy networks. The cycle time for introduction of new technologies should not be similar to the ship building and maintenance cycles. Nor can it be every four to six months. Ultimately, we must have agile delivery of capabilities in a timely manner. Industry proven IT acquisition practices can be a model for the government.
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