Welcome!

Government Cloud Authors: Zakia Bouachraoui, Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Dana Gardner

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Government Cloud

@CloudExpo: Blog Post

The Department of Defense Cloud Computing Strategy

According to its CIO, the DoD currently has a “duplicative, cumbersome, and costly set of application silos"

The Department of Defense needs to accomplish its critical global missions despite a decreasing budget and rising cybersecurity threat. To that end, the Chief Information Officer of the DoD, Teri Takai, released its Cloud Computing Strategy, which outlines its goals to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing throughout the department. In the strategy, the Office of the CIO explains why it wants to move to the cloud, its goals, the challengesthat stand in its way and methods to mitigate them, and the coming steps the Defense Department plans to take to get there.

The strategy uses the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s definition of cloud computing for their strategy. NIST defines cloud computing as: “A model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, ondemand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.” DoD likes this definition because it includes Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service.

According to the CIO, the DoD currently has a “duplicative, cumbersome, and costly set of application silos” that can benefit from more cloud computing. The shift is not the sole initiative of Takai as it is in line with several federal mandates urging a move to the cloud. These include the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB)‐directed Federal Data center Consolidation Initiative, Federal CIO 25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management, DoD IT Enterprise Strategy and Roadmap, and Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

The goals presented in the Cloud Computing Strategy is to “consolidate and share commodity IT functions resulting in a more efficient use of resources.” The DoD hopes to provide device and location independent on-demand secure global access to mission data and enterprise services. They also hope to enable rapid application development and reuse of applications by other organizations. This means both sharing and adopting the most secure commercially available cloud services.

To do so, the strategy hopes to establish a Department of Defense Enterprise Cloud Environment. The DoD Enterprise Cloud Environment will provide access to both new and legacy applications and data exchanges on NIPRNet, SIPRNet, and Top Secret Sensitive Compartmentalized Information security domains, as well as information sharing with Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS), and other partner networks. The DoD CIO will lead efforts to connect NIPRNet and SIPRNet to the cloud while the Director of National Intelligence CIO will lead for TS SCI networks and above. The Enterprise Cloud Environment will also enable the Joint Information Environment, “a robust and resilient enterprise that delivers faster, better informed collaboration and decisions enabled by secure, seamless access to information regardless of computing device or location.”

Transitioning to a cloud environment, however, poses unique challenges to the Department of Defense. which needs to ensure an outstanding level of cyberseucrity, continuity of operations, and information assurance on its networks. As of now, DoD systems have been designed to operate in a protected environment with dedicated infrastructure. The DoD will also have to overcome acquisition and funding changes, data migration and management, and service to clients in austere and tactical environments. The DoD hopes to overcome these challenges in part through FedRAMP, which standardizes continuous auditing and monitoring requirements for federal clouds as well as the cloud service authorization process. The DoD CIO is also updating Information Assurance (IA) policies and instructions.

The Cloud Computing Strategy also lays out four steps for implementing the Department of Defense Cloud Environment. The first will be to “Foster Adoption of Cloud Computing” by establishing a joint governance structure to drive the transition and an Enterprise First approach while reforming DoD IT finance, acquisition, and contracting and increasing cloud outreach and awareness. The next step is to “Optimize Data Center Consolidation” by consolidating and virtualizing legacy applications and data. The third step is to “Establish the DoD Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure” so that it’s agile, consolidated, and secure. The last step will be to “Deliver Cloud Services” using existing DoD cloud services and external providers. The CIO will provide oversight for component implementation of these steps.

This post by was first published at CTOvision.com.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Bob Gourley

Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder of Crucial Point and publisher of CTOvision.com

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Every organization is facing their own Digital Transformation as they attempt to stay ahead of the competition, or worse, just keep up. Each new opportunity, whether embracing machine learning, IoT, or a cloud migration, seems to bring new development, deployment, and management models. The results are more diverse and federated computing models than any time in our history.
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
Over the course of two days, in addition to insightful conversations and presentations delving into the industry's current pressing challenges, there was considerable buzz about digital transformation and how it is enabling global enterprises to accelerate business growth. Blockchain has been a term that people hear but don't quite understand. The most common myths about blockchain include the assumption that it is private, or that there is only one blockchain, and the idea that blockchain is...
Where many organizations get into trouble, however, is that they try to have a broad and deep knowledge in each of these areas. This is a huge blow to an organization's productivity. By automating or outsourcing some of these pieces, such as databases, infrastructure, and networks, your team can instead focus on development, testing, and deployment. Further, organizations that focus their attention on these areas can eventually move to a test-driven development structure that condenses several l...
The term "digital transformation" (DX) is being used by everyone for just about any company initiative that involves technology, the web, ecommerce, software, or even customer experience. While the term has certainly turned into a buzzword with a lot of hype, the transition to a more connected, digital world is real and comes with real challenges. In his opening keynote, Four Essentials To Become DX Hero Status Now, Jonathan Hoppe, Co-Founder and CTO of Total Uptime Technologies, shared that ...
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
Never mind that we might not know what the future holds for cryptocurrencies and how much values will fluctuate or even how the process of mining a coin could cost as much as the value of the coin itself - cryptocurrency mining is a hot industry and shows no signs of slowing down. However, energy consumption to mine cryptocurrency is one of the biggest issues facing this industry. Burning huge amounts of electricity isn't incidental to cryptocurrency, it's basically embedded in the core of "mini...
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...