30 Apr 2018

BAE and Dell to provide US government with hybrid cloud solution

BAE Systems has entered into a partnership with Dell EMC to deliver the first scalable, hybrid cloud solution of its kind on behalf of the US government.

Together, the two organisations will develop the federated secure cloud, said to be flexible enough to power agency-level IT infrastructure or support smaller, forward-operating units.

This hybrid cloud solution will enable users to collaborate securely through common business applications while also providing common access to mission critical tools. Included are zero-anonymity security features which will allow administrators to monitor, track, and control in real-time all software, hardware, and user access privileges to their respective clouds.

“Our federated secure cloud is not just a modified commercial cloud environment for government use. It was designed from the start with high-assurance security in mind,” said Al Whitmore, President of BAE Systems’ Intelligence & Security sector. “Our solution arrives mission-ready and pre-engineered with the security credentials required to operate in a secure government environment.”

“When it comes to enterprise IT and cloud, US government agencies want mission-ready turnkey solutions,” said Steve Harris, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Dell EMC’s federal business. “Our federated secure cloud arrives embedded with customizable Dell EMC and VMware technologies to meet an agency’s unique mission needs. This allows us to shorten the typical lead-time required to deliver and stand-up a federal cloud solution.”

The hybrid cloud solution will have to satisfy more than 900 security controls however, while offering the highest assurance enterprise desktop services available to the government. More than 30 controls from Intelligence Community overlay subpart C (INT-C) for rapid deployment authorization will be in place.

Collectively, this architecture will enable administrators to automate the process of facilitating patches and updates, minimising disruption to users and ongoing missions while also reducing localized IT administrative costs.

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