Grimt Habtemariam, federal cloud strategist at Cisco, wrote in a piece posted Monday on AFCEA that agencies must assess their networks' capacity to handle commercial cloud implementation to meet future mission demands.
Habtemariam said that most of the Department of Defense's on-premise infrastructures were not originally intended to host off-premise cloud offerings, and agencies need to construct environments that can accommodate crucial technological operations.
She added that application-centric infrastructures, hybrid cloud models, software-defined wide-area networks and remote performance monitoring technology can significantly help the DoD in potential missions.
“Harnessing the compute power of the cloud enables our military to become hyper-aware on multiple fronts, expedite information sharing across theaters and establish an advantage on the battlefield,“ said Habtemariam.
She noted that a cloud-ready network enables data processing anywhere from off-premise centers to the network edge. Cloud-ready networks driven by artificial intelligence can support hybrid cloud deployments for military operations.
“It enhances mission assurance with continuous monitoring of its own health, locking down and remediating threats at machine speed, and intuitively managing routing based on the need for speed, efficiency, security and arrival surety.“