A Foreword from the MITRE Corporate Chief Engineer
Cloud computing is an approach for deploying capabilities on private, community-shared, and public-shared information technology (IT) environments. Enabled by new technologies, it holds promise for more efficient use of IT resources, yielding significant cost and capability advantages in some circumstances. However, a cloud computing approach presents new acquisition, management, and security challenges as well as financial trade-offs for those responsible for IT decision making. Private clouds can offer some advantages over traditional IT while maintaining maximum control, while community and public clouds can provide the ability to leverage the providerís capital investment in return for "pay as you go" operational expense.
Special considerations arise when employing cloud computing in the DoD and Federal IT domain. DoD and Federal IT leaders are faced with a diversity of constraints that are unique to Government, including acquisition and funding models, particular cultural characteristics, and sophisticated adversaries. These constraints are coupled with the need for significant scale, assured performance, minimal downtime, and security needs that frequently exceed standard commercial practices. Many DoD and Federal programs are already wrestling with these considerations.
In the MITRE cloud computing series of white papers, we have addressed many of these issues to help Federal leaders understand the benefits along with the challenges. We offer insight to help senior leaders put their organizations on a course to realize the benefits of cloud computing while minimizing the risks. The series includes the following papers:
The efforts to address the challenges of cloud computing-based systems are significant. MITRE is collaborating with industry and other organizations supporting the Federal Government, along with leveraging lessons learned and our own research, to provide the best advice possible. We hope that you find the materials helpful, and if you have feedback or suggestions, please contact us.
Dr. Louis S. Metzger
MITRE Fellow and Corporate Chief Engineer
The MITRE Corporation
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