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The Cloud Evolution for Defense Agencies

Cloud computing is at an inflection point in government, moving towards mass adoption. In the past, government tended to move to cloud incrementally – trying email or storage then a database or two. Now that those small moves have proven themselves, agencies are ready for wider adoption. One area in particular is the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

Given the DoD’s diverse and global mission, cloud computing offers ideal qualities like pay-as-you-go pricing, scalability, security, and the ability to experiment. Defense agencies, such as the U.S Navy, have used the cloud for forward-facing websites, experiencing over 60% in cost savings. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Enlighten IT Consulting (EITC) have created a data analytics platform used by mission partners across the DoD. With AWS GovCloud (US), the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is able to centrally store data so people in different places can work with a common set of information, such as schedules, post-mission reports, inventories, and plans. And AWS Snowball Edge brings compute and storage to cargo planes and war vessels in tactical situations.

The economic and agility advantages of cloud, combined with the ability to use AWS at every level of classification, opens doors for defense agencies to take advantage of the cloud for the warfighter.

From enterprise IT to data analytics to supporting the war fighter, watch this video featuring Teresa Carlson, VP of Worldwide Public Sector, AWS, to learn how the DoD has evolved its use of cloud computing.

Read more about AWS for Defense here.