The North Atlantic Treaty Organization will test using the cloud to consolidate and modernize its IT resources.
(click image for larger view)
Slideshow: Top 20 Government Cloud Service Providers
The military command center for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has tapped IBM to build a private cloud it hopes will pave the way for a new computing model for its 28 member nations.
IBM will create an on-premises cloud allowing NATO's Allied Command Transformation to leverage the technology to more cost effectively and easily introduce new technology as well as consolidate current IT resources, the company said.
The project -- the contract terms of which were not disclosed -- will be a proving ground of sorts for NATO, and is in response to concerns raised at a recent NATO summit that the organization must modernize its IT infrastructure, said Ernest J. Herold, associate partner and NATO account manager for IBM global business services.
The organization wants to test how cloud computing might help it develop new solutions for command, control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance projects, as well as to improve operational functions such as situational awareness and decision-making.
The project also is aimed at inspiring individual member nations to use the technology to modernize and consolidate their own IT infrastructure.
Other benefits NATO hopes to achieve by leveraging the cloud include cost savings and reduced energy costs, Herold said.
Additionally, the organization hopes to create "a more 'friendly' atmosphere... to quickly and cost effectively introduce and use the latest technologies -- be it cyber solutions, logistics capabilities, data analytics, communication tools, etc. -- throughout their organization," he said.
IBM will develop the private cloud at the headquarters of the Supreme Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Va., where the infrastructure for it will reside.
That infrastructure will share a common operating environment across a host of mission processes to allow NATO members to aggregate and share a range of disparate computing resources, such as networks, servers, and storage, according to IBM.
2014 Next-Gen WAN SurveyWhile 68% say demand for WAN bandwidth will increase, just 15% are in the process of bringing new services or more capacity online now. For 26%, cost is the problem. Enter vendors from Aryaka to Cisco to Pertino, all looking to use cloud to transform how IT delivers wide-area connectivity.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of September 25, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."