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DoD’s Cloud Strategy
July 15, 2012 at 9:20 am #166148
Title: Cloud Computing Strategy
The DoD Cloud Computing Strategy has evolved to identify the most effective ways for the Department to capitalize on opportunities and take advantage of cloud computing benefits that accelerate IT delivery, efficiency, and innovation as an Enterprise. Prior drafts were informally coordinated and comments from across the Department were used to broaden the scope and depth of the current document; significant modifications and additions have been incorporated. In addition, DoD CIO and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA} led a DoD Capability Assurance and Alignment Process (CAAP} Working Group to refine the approach and clarify required capabilities.
The DoD Cloud Computing Strategy has been expanded to address use of commercial cloud services in the Department’s multi-provider enterprise cloud environment. Adoption and implementation of commercially provided cloud services are being rapidly accelerated with the maturing of the Federal Cloud Computing Initiative, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (Fed RAMP}, and release of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.
I am pleased to provide this strategy to enable the Department to increase secure information sharing and collaboration, enhance mission effectiveness, and decrease costs using cloud services. We will continuously seek to refine and mature the cloud computing approach and maintain open communications with all levels of the Department, other Federal Agencies and our Industry partners. Active participation and commitment of all DoD Components is critical to ensure consistency, optimize benefits and achieve the goal of this strategy.
July 15, 2012 at 9:26 am #166153
Press Release from defense.gov
DOD Releases Cloud Computing Strategy; Designates DISA as the Enterprise Cloud Service Broker
The Department of Defense announced today the release of a cloud computing strategy that will move the department’s current network applications from a duplicative, cumbersome, and costly set of application silos to an end state designed to create a more agile, secure, and cost effective service environment that can rapidly respond to changing mission needs. In addition, 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.
“We are moving to an enterprise cloud environment that provides tangible benefits across the department by supporting the delivery of the joint information environment, from the continental United States to the warfighter at the tactical edge. This strategy lays the groundwork, as part of the Joint Information Environment framework, for achieving cloud adoption within the department,” said Teri Takai, Defense Department chief information officer. “It focuses on the creation of department core data centers, enterprise cloud infrastructure and sustainment of cloud services.”
“The Defense Department is committed to accelerating the adoption of cloud computing and providing a secure, resilient enterprise cloud environment,” said Takai. “This strategy will align with all department-wide information technology efficiency initiatives, federal data center consolidation and cloud computing efforts. The result of the strategy will be improved mission effectiveness, increased IT efficiencies, and enhanced cyber security.”
For further information about this strategy, please access http://www.defense.gov/news/DoDCloudComputingStrategy.pdf . You may also access the cloud strategy memo at http://www.defense.gov/news/DoDCloudComputingStrategyMemorandum.pdf and the designation of DISA as the enterprise cloud service broker at http://www.defense.gov/news/DISADesignation.pdf .
July 15, 2012 at 9:32 am #166151
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