Today’s warfighter, whether on land, at sea or in the air, relies on an array of sophisticated technologies to protect our country and complete their mission. These new warfighting tools both consume and produce petabytes of data that is used to inform and support NAVWAR operations, confront threats, and carry out vital humanitarian work around the world.
Despite the clarity of the mission and support for the connected warfighter, having the right technology to ensure mission success can be a challenge. From multiple theaters of operations to rapidly changing technology, agility is becoming increasingly critical to supporting the mission and the soldier.
These considerations will shape conversations at WEST 2020 next week. “Commands are ready to move on from legacy systems and identify solutions that will provide the flexibility, security and innovation that is needed to deliver on the mission,” shared Andy Flick, Director, Cloud Services at ViON Corporation.
“Data has always been the lifeblood of mission success and in today’s data-rich environments there’s never been more pressure on commands to be able to access, analyze, and apply insights from that data regardless of the fact that they are in remote locations and on the move,” he shared.
To address these challenges, the Navy has begun to invest in the cloud and cloud-based services, but according to Flick have yet to fully embrace it. “The prospect of entering into long-term contracts, while aligned to the pace of the procurement cycle isn’t always amenable to the agility that the Navy requires,” he said. “In addition, cloud can also present budget hurdles which can deter the Navy from fully embracing these services.”
However, commands can find relief from budget and agility obstacles with IT solutions that can be consumed as-a-service. “In this day and age, there’s no need to be locked into traditional buying models or long-term contracts that make cloud compute and storage so very costly,” Flick noted. “What we’ve observed from working with NAVWAR System Center Headquarters (SSC-HQ), NAVWAR System Center Pacific (SSC-PAC), and NAVWAR System.
Center Atlantic (SSC-LANT) is that capacity-as-a-service has reduced the costs of operation by eliminating over-purchasing, enabled secure and scalable on-site networks, as well as facilitated access to newer technology as it becomes available rather than having to wait until the end of a multi-year contract before being able to access it. All while ensuring compliance with DCOI.”
When asked about the most important takeaway about a capacity-as-a-service offering, Flick replied: “Capacity-as-a-service gives commands options, not just in how they consume compute and storage, but also in creating an IT modernization budget by eliminating the onerous burden of CAPEX investments in physical data centers and utilizing OPEX funding for as-a-service.” These are the conversations NAVWAR IT leaders will be having at WEST 2020. “It’s no secret that IT is fundamental to mission success in this day and age,” Flick concluded. “The fact that we can support the mission while saving valuable resources and enabling the efficiency and effectiveness of the warfighter is very rewarding.”
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