IBM takes NATO command and control to the cloud

NATO's Allied Command Transformation (ACT) is using IBM's cloud computing model to consolidate and integrate its technology capabilities for critical command and control programmes.

NATO's Allied Command Transformation (ACT) is using IBM's cloud computing model to consolidate and integrate its technology capabilities for critical command and control programmes.

The on-premise cloud will be used to test and develop networks for command, control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance projects.

NATO ACT said its goal was to demonstrate how recent developments in cloud computing could reduce ramp-up time for enhanced technology capabilities, while improving important operational functions, such as increasing situational awareness and faster decision-making.

"We look forward to working with IBM to help us understand emerging information technologies and see how we can use them to create a leaner and more agile organisation," said Johan Goossens, Head of ACT's Technology & Human Factors Branch.

"Through this collaborative project, we hope to be able to realise the potential of cloud computing to tackle new challenges more efficiently, ultimately benefiting the NATO member nations."

Through the project, IBM will develop the computing environment to share a common operating environment across multiple mission processes.

By aggregating and sharing disparate computing resources, from networks to servers to storage, a cloud computing model will help the alliance deploy IT capabilities more broadly, quickly and cost-effectively, NATO ACT said.

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