The U.S. Navy is seeking industry opinions on data center consolidation best practices, Federal Times reported Nov. 11.
Nicole Blake Johnson writes that the Navy asked in a request for information about the recommended methods and mechanisms of moving Navy applications into a commercial cloud.
The questions that are part of the request include:
- What are your recommended methods and mechanisms for the transition of Navy applications into a commercial, Navy or other government hosting environment?
- How does industry manage security vulnerabilities to meet Navy and Department of Defense hosting standards?
- What tools are available to ensure the security of Navy applications hosted in commercial environments?
- What are the cost and security benefits of hosting applications in a commercial environment?
“The center needs to be able to plug into [the] NGEN environment,” said Bill Toti, HP vice president and executive for Navy and Marine Corps Accounts.
Edward Hsu, VMware director of product marketing, commented that the Navy should first assess what in-house skills and budget it has for the commercial facility.