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DISA expands cloud computing services

Oct. 5, 2009 - 06:00AM   |  
By ELISE CASTELLI   |   Comments

The Defense Information Systems Agency is making it easier and faster for the Defense Department to get software programs to the war fighter.

It is doing so by expanding its cloud computing service, called Rapid Access Computing Environment (RACE).

Until Oct. 1, the service has allowed software developers to rent DoD-secured server space to test and develop applications, such as convoy control systems or satellite control systems. As of Oct. 1, developers can now use RACE to host applications as well for end-users at Defense facilities around the globe, said Henry Sienkiewicz, the technical program director for DISA's Computing Services.

"War fighters needed the ability to move from testing and development into production more rapidly," said Sienkiewicz.

RACE is a remote, secure server platform that can host software systems and networks for any Defense Department client. New software packages operating on RACE can be quickly certified as meeting department security and operation standards within 40 days, which is about half the time of a traditional accreditation process and deployed within 72 hours after that, he said.

Cloud computing is a term used to describe Web-based access to a wide range of computing services, such as storage space, operating systems or e-mail.

Tell us what you think. E-mail ecastelli@federaltimes.com?subject=RACE100509%20FTR">Elise Castelli.

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