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Will the U.S Navy Get Benefitted by the Cloud?

By CIOReview | Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Navy’s cloud adoption will allow efficient information transformation that profits every small department within.

Fremont, CA: The U.S. Navy is heading towards an IT future by adopting cloud computing that promises enormous benefits. The Department of the Navy (DON), other services, and private industry increasingly take cloud services for their promising benefits. Cloud migration can support revolutionary developments like artificial intelligence and give Navy the support it needs for the upcoming decades. Cloud computing links computer systems and networks over the internet. It eliminates the need for storing information and computer programs on physical hard drives while taking advantage of spare storage and processing capacity across widespread locations.

Cloud services help to overcome the limitations on physical information technology, workforce, overlapping, and cumbersome small-scale contracting measures. This benefits the naval services that conduct a vast array of missions in diverse global environments. Naval platforms collect information from dozens of sensors and communications systems at any given second. Cloud services offer fast and responsive transfers of information, increasing the flexibility across organizations that adopt it. This shows that the cloud system can accommodate the variety of data the Navy collects, which is approximately equivalent to the Library of Congress –200 terabytes.

With cloud adoption, the Navy can combine disjointed information systems spread amongst various units, thereby harnessing the advantage of big data and machine learning and benefit the DON. Essentially, the transition to the cloud is the first step of many in the DON’s transition to the future of warfare and technology. There are numerous benefits of cloud computing for the DON. Cloud computing facilitates quicker access to and reconciliation of data between remote units, which supports expeditionary operations and better coordination. The faster the transfer of information more will be commanders’ situational awareness both locally amongst squadrons and distantly between fleets.

The government has demanded four critical requirements, which cloud services should meet to support operational units. A cloud system should support all classification levels, reach worldwide, should be synced and interoperable with other government cloud initiatives. Top of all, it should support the future needs of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning programs. Now, the steps embraced by the Navy meet those requirements while bringing an enormous return on investment.

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