Five Cloud Computing Trends in Defense Sector

Five Cloud Computing Trends in Defense Sector

Multi-core processors and virtualization will help run old and new codes when it comes to data sharing between a modern and a legacy platform while at the same time providing isolation between the various functions for security purposes.

Fremont, CA: Nearly a decade ago, the defense began developing its cloud computing infrastructure, with the US Armed Forces at the forefront of the modernization effort. Data within a military framework will be open to both combat and non-combat organizations. Cloud computing has paved the way for the private sector, and the Ministries of Defense have benefited from the solutions available.

Allied Operations

Expanding the use of cloud computing would generate communication problems between allied powers at the tactical level. The latter should extend their cooperation in developing standard interfaces and approaches and address any usability problems arising from technical requirements in their C4 systems and operational processes to reassure their actions' efficacy.

SWaP-C (Size, Weight, Power, and Cost)

In device and subsystem designs, SWaP-C remains a crucial feature. Increasing the amount of data would increase the size and weight of devices and platforms, increase their computing capacity, and therefore the cooling and power requirements.

Onboard Data Analysis

There will be an increase in data analysis requirements from sensors as data becomes the center of cloud computing. In other words, a portion of the complete analysis will have to be carried out on board by the sensors or platforms integrating it before transmitting it to other C2 nodes, where other users will obtain it for further analysis, appropriate for the mission.

Localization

Military organizations originally built their cloud solutions on networks under their physical monitoring and control due to data protection issues. That was also due to the lack of regional distribution of the service providers' data centers. Once the latter invested in the development of data centers within the customer's boundaries, cloud computing's growth became quicker.

Virtualization

Multi-core processors and virtualization will help run old and new codes when it comes to data sharing between a modern and a legacy platform while at the same time providing isolation between the various functions for security purposes.

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