Modernization of the DOD: VMware Hybrid cloud Capabilities and Portability

Modernization of the DOD: VMware Hybrid cloud Capabilities and Portability

DoD hybrid cloud solutions like VMware on milCloud(r), 2.0 are essential to modernize defense. The Department of Defense continues to use hybrid cloud platforms for IT modernization and digital transformation. Hybrid cloud gives DoD agencies the security, flexibility, and cost control they need. Hybrid cloud computing allows sensitive data and applications to be stored on private clouds, while more operational workloads can be run on the public clouds.
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DoD agencies can extend their existing cloud vSphere environment on-premises to the VMware Cloud On AWS, which provides a familiar architecture that doesn’t require extensive rework and offers a full range of managed services to optimize their operations. DoD can reap the hybrid cloud benefits of:
Making sure a successful migration into the hybrid cloud. Providing security and access.
General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), owns and manages the entire technology stack for the milCloud (r)2.0 contract. GDIT and the Defense Information Systems Agency are creating a native, on-demand VMware environment that will allow mission partners to accelerate cloud migrations without having to convert. MilCloud(r) 2.0, while there is much to discover about how JEDI cloud will work, is a complementary offering.
Migration to VMware on milCloud(r), 2.0
The integration of VMware’s virtualization capabilities in the milCloud(r), 2.0 environment will provide opportunities for Department of Defense agencies to use their existing VMware footprint within milCloud(r). Agencies will be able take advantage of the VMware platform, including network virtualization and security enhancements, while also benefiting from future VMware innovations, such as Kubernetes container support.
VMware will continue to develop the solution and bring it to DISA so they have access to their advantages and offerings. VMware has many uses, including cloud extensions like virtual desktops, disaster recovery services that can complement continuity-of-operations plans, cloud migrations that are application-specific or global, and the building-out of next-generation applications.
MilCloud(r) 2.0 can also be used to facilitate migration from a technical as well as workforce perspective. The company stresses the ability to use a hybrid cloud approach. This is made easier by DoD’s familiarity with VMware. Currently, the VMware platform hosts about 90% of all assets that have been virtualized within the Federal government and DoD. The operator within an agency will see the same thing when they log in, regardless of whether their infrastructure is on-prem or on milCloud(r).
Two offerings for virtual machines will be offered by milCloud(r), 2.0
A milCloud(r), 2.0 standard configuration is a higher-performance version that uses a 24vCPU series. DoD users will experience performance improvements and be able to take advantage of VMware’s benefits without increasing their costs. MilCloud(r) 2.0 users will continue to enjoy the benefits of milCloud(r), such as no bandwidth and transaction fees, the ability use funds and services across years and the speed of deployment for preapproved cloud services. milCloud(r), 2.0 is a IL-5-approved environment that includes multiple security measures.
DOD Digital Transformation
Cloud computing will be the dominant IT option in 2021 due to the digital transformation shifts that have been accelerated by remote work, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Although DoD Cisco collaboration tools are evolving across branches, there is still a demand for digital-first solutions. The future of IT depends on that ability. Technological advancements are making it possible. The cloud’s ubiquitous access to computing power is a powerful democratizing force. Also, the ease and lower cost of data collection, storage, and use are democratizing forces. DoD 5G strategy, mobile and cybersecurity, blockchain, AI, blockchain, and the internet are all key factors in driving innovation.
Department of Defense Hybrid CLOUD/multi-cloud
You would think that legacy infrastructure players would be left behind in the battle for hyperscale cloud vendors. The likes of IBM and Dell Technologies and HPE are aiming to be the glue between multicloud deployments that include a mix of private and public clouds, as well as owned data centres. Most enterprises are now looking at multi-cloud strategies.
Red Hat, an open source pioneer, and VMware with Cisco Systems are the two multicloud enablers in this mix. Combine that with a variety of solutions and you have a vibrant hybrid cloud and multicloud space to look at. There are key players who aim to be the guardians of the public cloud and how to connect to hyperscale providers.
VMware CLOUD
Digital transformation is not something VMware is unfamiliar with. Digital transformation is about creating new possibilities. It is about connecting people, processes and data to create new and better experiences. We examined their policies, data, systems and processes and came up with a vision for a better user experience. Cloud is only one element. However, microservices, Kubernetes and other technologies can be used to modernize their applications.
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