DoD in Search of Balanced Cloud Solution; Robert Carey Advises

Defense Department officials are looking to balance security, efficiency and effectiveness in moving away from a decentralized network of computer servers and data centers and into cloud computing, Department of Defense deputy chief information officer said yesterday.

“We must balance all three,” said Robert J. Carey, who is also the deputy assistant secretary of defense for information management, integration and technology. “We have to serve the information needs of our warfighters, as well as the people back here in the ivory towers.”

The Federal CIO Council has charged the government with leveraging cloud computing services to reduce costs and provide greater efficiencies, according to the U.S. Chief Information Office. Cloud computing allows customers to scale capacity on demand and greatly reduces energy consumption, the U.S. CIO website says.

According to the DoD release, the challenge is how to operate securely in a commercial rather than a government setting. The department has many cloud-computer pilot programs, but according to Carey, less than 15 percent of the data centers capacity is used.

Carey also indicates that the department plans to release initial guidance this fall on a strategy to maximize data centers at 75 percent capacity. The military services have typically led the consolidation effort and the department will follow.


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