The US Government is reviewing two possible scenarios whereby private cloud suppliers and facilitators would receive access to the most sensitive Government data.
The US Department of Defense is particularly interested in collaborating with the private sector on block storage systems and virtual machine management where cloud vendors would lease rack space in data centres run by the department, and provide services entirely from within that secure facility.
An alternative to that Data Centre Leasing Model would be an On-Premise Container Model, where pre-fabricated data centre equipment modules would sit adjacent to Department of Defense data centres and be supplied with the connectivity and resources to connect and interact with the main infrastructure.
The DoD anticipates that the infrastructure will range from configurations featuring between 10,000 and 200,000 virtual machines. Any vendors selected to the scheme would be subject to an accreditation process and to security screening.
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