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The United States Department of Defense (DOD) has announced the launch of MilCloud, "a new cloud computing service_" which promises to provide military users with "_on-demand infrastructure and network management tools through web-based interface\, "according to a recent_ article published by Information Week. In addition, according to the article, the DOD notes that this service offers an "_integrated suite of capabilities, including the ability for users to configure infrastructure resources and manage applications on a self-service basis."
The article indicates that the development of MilCloud originated with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) – an agency within the DOD that manages the "_communications infrastructure_" for the military. Overall, DOD officials hope that MilCloud will help "_trim IT costs and provide more streamlined services to its military and civilian users_" and claim that it will ultimately "_provide agencies with more flexibility and control over how they manage their computing environments_, "and be a lasting improvement by setting a standard to "_how classified and unclassified data are processed and stored_, "according to the report.
Chief of Staff for the Defense Information Systems Agency, Brigadier General Frederick Henry, was quoted in the article to say, "MilCloud allows us to… integrate various applications at the CDC [core data center] level. MilCloud can deliver cloud services and support DOD applications for about the same cost as providers such as Amazon. Still, more securely." The article states that MilCloud is the "foundation of the Joint Information Environment's core datacenter service and represents one part of a broader effort to connect all of the military services' networks into a single, secure information-sharing space." Officials note that the service "_incorporates strict security protocols that keep data secure_" and can "_support DOD organizations and military personnel anywhere on the planet, using a variety of authorized desktop and handheld devices._"
Read much more in the full article about MilCloud, details of its features, and what the DOD claims this service will do to improve and stabilize security in this realm.
Written by Bryon Turcotte / March 27, 2014