cloud migration for the intelligence community

Making the cloud transition easier for IC agencies

Defense and intelligence agencies contemplating a cloud migration must match specific security requirements to the host of options available from cloud service providers. To help agenices determine which architectures and applications work best on what cloud platforms, Engility has launched its Cloud ASCEND product.

Several dynamic cloud analytic tools are included in the service, including:

IBM’s Cloud Brokerage platform to analyze the solutions provided by each CSP in a cloud environment. 

Engility’s cloud construction application, called the Burstorm Platform, helps users model, design, benchmark and optimize the cloud infrastructure. “Burstorm is connected to over 800 cloud service providers via an application program interface,” Kevin Jackson, Engility’s director of cloud solutions, told GCN. “In real time, you can not only test if the services are correct for your business needs, but also determine the best performance and price.”

CSA STARWatch manages security compliance based on the Cloud Security Alliance’s Security, Trust and Assurance Registry requirements. It “enables organizations to use the information about the controls within the cloud service provider to get better guidance on what data can go into the cloud and how best to protect the information,” Jackson said.

The Sequoia Combine infrastructure automation tool helps customers learn the best way to utilize the cloud.  Sequoia simulates the intelligence community’s Cloud Commercial Service  -- a completely separate cloud environment -- to allow for testing before providers decide to go through the process to become approved for the platform.

“It would be difficult and expensive for a company to take its commercial application and certify it for the intelligence community, especially if they have never worked in that environment before,” Jackson said.  “This reduces the risk and costs of digital transformation for our customers.”

Engility’s main focus is working with defense agencies and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, but it is using the Cloud ASCEND product to branch out to other government agencies as well. The company has contracts with the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA and the Food and Drug Administration, Jackson said. 

Cloud ASCEND is officially debuting at the annual GEOINT Symposium in San Antonio  this week.

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for GCN, covering cloud, cybersecurity and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Before joining GCN, Friedman was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. She has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

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