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3/18/2014
09:15 AM

Navy Eyes Cloud Storage

In effort to trim $1.3 billion from IT, Navy proposes placing most non-classified data into commercial cloud offering.

 Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen
Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen

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Charlie Babcock
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3/18/2014 | 12:33:56 PM
Navy can eliminate some of its existing backup cost in cloud
Instead of the Navy backing up its non-classified data, a function that Halvorsen says it does more than necessary, let  the cloud do it. Cloud storage will maintain three copies in the normal course of events and the Navy could specify that at least one be distributed to a different geographic location. This arrangement would come close to matching existing operations of basic storage in the cloud.

 
Stratustician
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3/19/2014 | 2:38:04 PM
Re: Navy can eliminate some of its existing backup cost in cloud
I think it's a great move for the Navy and hopefully to show other organizations who are less than ideal when it comes to efficiency.  The amount of operations and capital costs required to just keep these departments going is staggering, and not only will the outsourcing of the storage help these costs become more feasible, but they can take advantage of additional services to work with this data migration to hopefully make processes leveraging these assets more efficient themselves.  Costs come down, efficiency goes up, and the value of the assets becomes more apparent.  Win win.
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3/19/2014 | 5:58:01 PM
Re: Navy can eliminate some of its existing backup cost in cloud
Stratustician, you're right, it's a win-win in many regards.  But it's also interesting to note that the budget cuts, while painful for sailors, airmen, soldiers and Marines, have forced the services to embrace these new technologies faster than they would have without the budget cuts.  And hopefully, they'll also see the benefits sooner as a result.
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