The Energy Department and its sub-agency the National Nuclear Security Administration announced plans in March to begin to integrate their information technology and cloud computing assets.
Energy and NNSA IT executives told attendees of InformationWeek’s recent Government IT Leadership Forum that the integrated cloud model may bode well for other agencies’ use, Barbara DePompa from InformationWeek reports.
DePompa reports the agencies are combining a private cloud and commercial cloud services in order to develop a hybrid cloud solution for the Energy community.
The hybrid, community cloud is built on infrastructure-as-a-service solutions and is deployed from Los Alamos National Laboratory, according to the report.
Energy officials indicated they plan to include identity and security measures in order to have the cloud service readily available by September and up to NNSA security standards, DePompa reports.
NNSA Chief Technology Officer Travis Howerton told attendees of InformationWeek’s event the cloud structure will also include cyber dashboards and smart metering tools that will alter Energy’s IT service delivery method.
NNSA and Energy are planning to develop the cloud services to be capable of delivering information from virtual servers within 30 minutes of a request.
DePompa suggests the cloud environment could be a model for other agencies to create secure, cloud-based services and share IT.