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Cluster Resources' Moab Enables Department of Defense Cloud Computing Initiative
Cluster Resources and HP to Deliver A Next-Generation Cloud Computing Platform to the Defense Information Systems Agency
By: Cloud News Desk
Aug. 18, 2008 10:45 PM
Cluster Resources announced that it is working with HP to deliver a next-generation cloud computing platform to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), part of the U.S. Department of Defense, using Cluster Resources'
The Department of Defense, through DISA, provides advanced information technology and immediate communications support to the president, vice president, secretary of defense, military services and combatant commands. DISA offers solutions and enhanced capabilities that enable its customers to make rapid decisions using real-time information and turn these decisions into critical strategic, operational and tactical actions (see www.disa.mil).
DISA's cloud computing infrastructure, known as RACE (Rapid Access Computing Environment), will serve a potential user base of around three million DOD personnel, enabling users to describe their computing needs and gain rapid access to a fully functional environment. The requesting personnel will utilize a custom version of Moab Access Portal for Clouds to graphically request resources from anywhere with Web access. The portal interfaces with Moab Cloud Service, which analyzes information collected from HP and government tools to evaluate resource availability, enforce
Using the DISA cloud, requesters are able to specify what they want to accomplish and describe the resources needed. The
Prior to the cloud solution from
The Moab cloud service works in conjunction with HP's enterprise provisioning tool, HP Operations Orchestration, and HP Service Manager, which inform Moab of resource availability, system failures, critical events and changing customer needs. The resulting solution unifies and simplifies the management of DISA's cloud provisioning into a comprehensive offering. The collective power of these elements empowers DISA to ensure all compute resources are used effectively.
With this integration, the Moab-enabled solution delivers a next-generation cloud service that is business-ready and delivers true resource ownership together with intelligence that can guarantee access to both resources and services based on service-level agreements (SLAs). Utilizing a reservation-based predictive cloud algorithm,
"DISA needed a scalable solution that would deliver a shared, flexible and reliable infrastructure for its next-generation cloud computing platform," said Scott McClellan, chief technology officer, HP Scalable Computing & Infrastructure organization. "The integration of
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