IBM has won a contract from the US Air Force to design and demonstrate a secure cloud computing infrastructure capable of supporting defense and intelligence networks.
IBM said that the ten-month project will introduce cyber security and analytics technologies developed by it into the cloud architecture. The infrastructure design of the project supports large-scale networks, and meets security standards and the government’s information assurance guidelines for all networks.
The company said that its researchers, software architects, analytics specialists and cyber security personell will work with military personnel and other federal agencies on the project. Advanced stream computing analytics coupled with sensors, monitors and other detection devices, would enable the Air Force to analyse the data flowing through its network and get actionable insights about possible threats, while preventing disruptions.
According to IBM, customised executive-level dashboards will be used in the design, to offer up-to-the-second information on the health and status of the network and facilitate decision-making.
The company claims that autonomic computing will enable virtual cloud services to be managed remotely and provide capability for the cloud infrastructure to retune itself for optimal performance.
Lieutenant General William Lord, chief information officer and chief of warfighting integration at the US Air Force, said: Our goal is to demonstrate how cloud computing can be a tool to enable our Air Force to manage, monitor and secure the information flowing through our network. We examined the expertise of IBM’s commercial performance in cloud computing and asked them to develop an architecture that could lead to improved performance within the Air Force environment to improve all operational, analytical and security capabilities.