View of Military Clouds from a High Perch
Despite budget cuts and reductions to personnel, the U.S. Defense Department is aggressively pursuing its cloud-computing options. In this article from Signal Magazine, Rita Boland captures the current cloud computing approach of the department. With pilot programs in place, the department is already experimenting with ways to enhance efficiency while ensuring security. However, officials are looking forward and positioning themselves to take advantage of the next big trend.
According to Boland, the department must compare lower cloud computing costs to the upfront capital needed to move from their current complex information technology environment to the homogenous cloud. Security is obviously a top priority, as is budget; demonstrating a favorable return on investment is important, especially in a time of reduced funding. For the U.S. Defense Department, cloud computing will bring greater efficiencies by allowing organizations to work effectively with fewer people, and it will enable greater flexibility for a mobile workforce.