AWS’s Liz Martin: Army developing classified cloud environment to scale resources


Liz Martin, Director of the Department of Defense at Amazon Web Services, highlighted the US military’s use of the AWS cloud to create a tactical cloud environment designed to facilitate data processing and resource scaling.

In a blog posted on Tuesday, Martin explained how the XVIII Airborne Corps – an Army data-centric force based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina – created a cloud environment using AWS GovCloud (US) as proof of concept in support of the Dragon Cloud initiative.

The POC environment was able to host applications developed by the corps at Impact Level 5 and demonstrate their interoperability and functionality in the unclassified dedicated space, according to Martin.

With support from AWS and the Enterprise Cloud Management Agency, XVIII Airborne Corps is currently working on the Dragon Cloud IL 6 environment to provide deployed combatants with operational classified space.

“Commanders can use cloud computing to access mission command applications from anywhere [and] can expect to see a 60% reduction in materiel requirements when deploying forces away from home station,” Martin wrote.

AWS Cloud features are used to enable automatic scaling of resources and reduce network administrative workload.

“The environment’s ability to host mission-critical data live in the cloud enables users to operate efficiently in distributed environments at the tactical edge on a persistent data fabric. These innovations enable a more consistent, reliable and available network at a fraction of the cost. »

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