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Defense Department Deploys Secure Cloud Service
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Ariella,
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3/25/2014 | 2:06:24 PM
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Henry said MilCloud can deliver cloud services and support DOD applications for about the same cost as providers such as Amazon, "but in a more secure fashion."

Well, that is important. You can't just use a standard cloud when dealing matters pertaining to national defense. 
WKash
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3/25/2014 | 6:09:24 PM
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What's also significant here is not just that DISA and DOD are deploying cloud services that are reportedly comparable in price to commercial services, and more secure, but that DOD now has a legitmate work around to delivering flexible computing and storage services. That would have been hard to accomplish before the advent of cloud computing, given the entrenched nature of the services.
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3/26/2014 | 10:32:52 AM
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Adding to this, essentially what has happened here is that the DOD has become an internal cloud broker for government departments. This means they can sell cloud services internally, but more than that, they can push security controls down to ensure security and standardization. A great opportunity to not just keep costs low by using internal systems as opposed to going externally, but to streamline operations based on best practices.  
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3/26/2014 | 12:47:16 PM
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Stratustician, that's right: DISA will take the lead for providing cloud services to Defense agencies, though I doubt it will offer them to other civilian agencies. That said, you're correct that it will help bake in better security practices, in part, by allowing the agencies to move many of the independent networks/systems that currently leave DOD exposed, to a more secure cloud platform.

 


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