Customs & Border Management

Overcoming military cloud BLOCKAGES

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.

Cloud Block T1a

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 –

Cloud Block T2a

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.

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