cloud migration

ATARC launches TIC 3.0 test lab

To make it easier for federal agencies to implement the Office of Management and Budget's new guidance on Trusted Internet Connections, the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC) is setting up a TIC 3.0 test lab.

The physical test environment will allow agencies to analyze cloud and infrastructure technologies, validate network designs and proofs of concepts for software-defined wide-area network technologies and run testing on government-furnished equipment to simulate a remote user connection to the agency’s traditional network, cloud and the internet.

The multisite test environment will use nine locations in the U.S. and offer access to cloud providers including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google, ATARC said.

The facility will allow agencies to evaluate and optimize TIC use cases described in the Sept. 12 OMB guidance: supporting headquarters that use software-defined wide-area networking technology to manage web traffic for branch offices and accommodating remote users on government furnished equipment connecting to their agency's network, cloud and internet. It will also support the cloud use case, giving agencies a way to evaluate infrastructure-, software and email-as-a-models.

The launch of the test lab follows ATARC's recent announcement of a cloud and infrastructure work group dedicated to helping agencies solve operational details of cloud implementation. The group has eight project teams and will focus on data center evolution, cloud migration, telecommunications infrastructure, cost modeling, application rationalization, monitoring and other issues.

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