Federal agencies in the cloud
From the civilian to defense arenas, government is collaborating in the cloud
- By Rutrell Yasin
- Feb 04, 2011
Forge.mil is a family of services provided to support the Defense Department's technology development community. The system enables collaborative software development and use of open-source and DOD community source software.
DISA RACE platform
The Defense Information Systems Agency’s Computing Services Directorate provides virtual machines for development, testing and production environments for DOD users through the agency’s internal cloud, the Rapid Access Computing Environment.
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DISA Global Information Grid Content Delivery Service
GCDS provides Web content and application delivery to DOD users via the Defense Information Systems Network. GCDS is a globally distributed computing platform comprised of servers deployed across the DISN’s Unclassified but Sensitive IP Router Network and Secret IP Router Network.
The General Services Administration’s online storefront offers hosted sets of business applications, productivity tools, collaboration areas, social media applications, and infrastructure-as-a-service offerings that include storage, virtual machines and Web hosting.
Nebula is an open-source cloud computing service to provide NASA scientists with additional data processing. Nebula users can provision compute and storage resources as needed without having to originate new complex acquisitions.
Research.gov Online Grants Management
Coordinated by the National Science Foundation, the system offers a database of available grants and award histories. It uses NSF's FastLane organization and other systems to let users and institutions coordinate and monitor sets of grant applications, results and required reports.
Energy Department's Magellan program
Magellan was built for the special requirements of scientific computing by using technology unavailable in commercial clouds. Funded by the economic stimulus law, the system is split between DOE's centers, including the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center in California and Argonne Leadership Computing Facility in Illinois. The combined systems will create a cloud test bed that scientists can use for their computations while also testing cloud computing for their particular research problems.
Interior Department's National Business Center
Providing services via a cloud computing model is natural for the NBC, which, as a shared service provider, offers federal agencies access to federal financial management systems, human resources packages, acquisition automation and other enterprise applications. NBC provides infrastructure, platform and software services.
Sources: IDC Government Insights; government agencies
Rutrell Yasin is senior editor for GCN covering cloud computing.