Cloud Computing Tested for US Navy

15 December 2009 (Last Updated December 15th, 2009 18:30)

A secure cloud computing architecture for the US Navy has been successfully demonstrated by Dataline and Amazon Web Services during the navy's annual Trident Warrior exercise. The test is designed to validate the ability of a commercial infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform to sup

A secure cloud computing architecture for the US Navy has been successfully demonstrated by Dataline and Amazon Web Services during the navy's annual Trident Warrior exercise.

The test is designed to validate the ability of a commercial infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform to support the navy's requirements for global connectivity, server failover and application access.

Demostration results proved that a standard shipboard communications infrastructure could be used to manage Amazon's elastic compute cloud (EC2) and simple storage service (S3).

The proof of concept study also used SecureParser as part of the Unisys stealth architecture to provide data-in-motion security as well as applications including the Oracle Beehive, ERDAS Apollo and the joint forces command-developed Transverse collaboration suite.

Navy FORCEnet officer-in-charge lieutenant commander Caroline Lahman said the navy was exploring cloud computing concepts.

"The navy is very interested in exploring cloud computing concepts and their use in the naval tactical environment. We look forward to further testing during the Trident Warrior 2010 lab period in April," she said.