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NGA eyes high-performance GEOINT cloud for global users

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency wants to improve services delivery to GEOINT analysts and users who currently experience poor IT performance because of their remote locations.

The agency is considering what it calls an Edge Node -- a cloud that can store, manage, process, search and communicate data across a geographically distributed workforce, according to a request for information.

NGA is moving to the Intelligence Community IT Enterprise business model that uses a common cloud-based solution to share and scale information within a single enterprise IT infrastructure.  The agency wants to extend this next-generation, high-performance environment to its globally distributed user base.  Those users work across security domains and require cloud-based analytic, visualization and storage services, regardless of location.

The required services involve the handling of classified materials. Solutions are expected to use an agile development approach as well as open-source and non-proprietary code.

Recommendations for Edge Node sites should address security requirements, scalability, cost optimization, integration with legacy systems and data synchronization with the base cloud.  At peak performance, the capability should support 1,000 concurrent users and address storage requirements for latency-sensitive high-performing systems.

Besides addressing technical concerns, responders are encouraged to make recommendations on various aspects of the acquisition process.

Responses are due May 30. Read the full RFI here.

About the Author

Susan Miller is executive editor at GCN.

Over a career spent in tech media, Miller has worked in editorial, print production and online, starting on the copy desk at IDG’s ComputerWorld, moving to print production for Federal Computer Week and later helping launch websites and email newsletter delivery for FCW. After a turn at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, where she worked to promote technology-based economic development, she rejoined what was to become 1105 Media in 2004, eventually managing content and production for all the company's government-focused websites. Miller shifted back to editorial in 2012, when she began working with GCN.

Miller has a BA and MA from West Chester University and did Ph.D. work in English at the University of Delaware.

Connect with Susan at or @sjaymiller.


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