US military’s Cyber Command urges move to cloud

Dan Hatch News
22 Mar, 2011

The US Military is looking to the cloud to save “manpower and money”, but will the UK go the same way?

The US Military’s top IT officer has endorsed a move to the cloud, telling a US House of Representatives subcommittee he believed software applications could be stored safely online.

Army General Keith Alexander, the commander of the US Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, told Capitol Hill officials the cloud could save the Government “manpower and money”.

While the potential savings were “yet to be proven”, the Army General said his department was investigating the best way to “secure the Defense Department’s networks”.

“It was our opinion that the best way to go was a thin virtual cloud environment, analogous to the way that Google, AT&T and others are doing it,” he said.

Given the UK Government’s demands for widespread budget cuts, Virtual Clouds asked the Ministry of Defence whether it was also looking at cloud technology as a cost-saving measure. MOD representatives did not respond to requests.

In February, a National Audit Office report criticised the Government for its slow progress in investigating and adopting cloud computing – something which the Government’s own 2010 ICT Strategy document had identified as an opportunity to reduce basic IT costs. Government adoption of the cloud – or the G-Cloud, as it is sometimes called – had been strongly supported by the Government’s former chief information officer, John Suffolk, who resigned at the end of last year.

 

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