Cloud also helps shorten the time to solution by being able to scale up and down quickly to solve problems of varying sizes. NASA is implementing an enterprise approach to cloud, putting an infrastructure framework in place that provides all of the infrastructure elements in advance so users have less start-up time and start-up cost. The framework simplifies compliance for cloud users in the areas of Fed RAMP, security operations (FISMA), ICAM (authentication and authorization), network connectivity, agency accessible acquisition vehicles, and “pay as you go” monthly consumption-based invoicing. Our goal is to have our users be productive as quickly as possible and enable NASA to realize value early in the cloud technology lifecycle. This approach is paying off as we have much interest and more than sixty different projects in various stages from design to experimentation to production that are active in our cloud environment now. Applications range from institutional-related support to engineering to science. We are also seeing cloud being factored into the formulation of new missions. This will be extremely important as the amount of data produced by future missions routinely approaches petabytes per day and dwarfs the capacity of Agency-owned datacenters.
Enterprise Approach to Cloud
The ability to rent as much computing and storage as you need for only as long as you need it enables you to solve problems and perform analyses that you could never afford to do if you had to OWN all of the hardware.
Innovating with IoT
At NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, we created a technology lab known as Internet of Things (loT) to look into advanced innovation that the agency’s mission directorates and centers show an interest in these days. The lab is virtually connected to several centers as well as our Data Analytics Lab.
IoT uses what I would call a technology petri dish.
For example, as we introduce potential “bacteria” into the dish, we can learn more about how it “infects” the other devices.