In my previous post – Cloud for the Military? – I described how cloud computing could help overcome the challenge of increasing mission complexity & agility in a climate of aggressive budget reductions. I concluded that the military don’t really have a choice and it’s really a question of what kind of Cloud is going to be deployed when rather than *if*.
There are many compelling reasons for the military to embrace cloud, enabling them to take advantage of cloud’s ability to make a real difference in mission and / or defence business terms.
Table 1 – How Cloud can make a difference to the Military
In this post I will look at the four most common inhibitors for military adoption of cloud, and how these can be overcome. The summary is in Table 2 –
Table 2 – Overcoming Common Inhibitors
[Note: Pizza Analogy for Cloud Services]
All of these inhibitors can be overcome and associated risks mitigated with a combination of awareness & education, system engineering & procurement best practices. These would enable the Military to leverage the enormous investment in commercial cloud technology development.
I’m not suggesting a cloud revolution here, just an incremental appropriate use of cloud by defence organisations where this makes sense – most likely starting with a private cloud in their headquarters/
In my next blog post I will describe what could be some practical first steps, and look at some actual military customer projects in this area.
Agree? Disagree? Disinterested? I welcome your feedback / participation preferably via this blog or by e-mail / telephone if you prefer.