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April 9, 2015

IBM’s hybrid cloud gets drafted

Hybrid cloud solution will be applied to the U.S. Army's Logistics Support Activity.

By James Nunns

IBM has announced that the U.S. Army is using its hybrid cloud to power the Army’s on-premise environment.

The cloud will be used for data analytics and enterprise scale, as well as hopefully providing improved security and greater reliability.

The system which the hybrid cloud will be implemented on is the Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA), this system provides integrated logistics support of Army operations worldwide. Currently, LOGSA processes 40 million unique data transactions daily.

It is claimed that the Army is making a 50% cost saving with this new model, which is allowing it to harness data and analytics via cloud computing, connecting through existing IT systems.

LOGSA provides logistical information from the Army’s storehouse, this provides logistics information capabilities to manage, equip and sustain the material needs of the U.S. Army.

Anne Altman, General Manager for U.S. Federal at IBM, said: "The Army not only recognized a trend in IT that could transform how they deliver services to their logistics personnel around the world, they also implemented a cloud environment quickly and are already experiencing significant benefits."

"They’re taking advantage of the inherent benefits of hybrid cloud: security and the ability to connect it with an existing IT system. It also gives the Army the flexibility to incorporate new analytics services and mobile capabilities."

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