IBM taking US Air Force into software cloud

Feb 04, 2010
IBM building in downtown Chicago. IBM said Thursday it has been enlisted by the US Air Force to show how defense and intelligence networks can safely soar into the online software "cloud."

IBM said Thursday it has been enlisted by the US Air Force to show how defense and intelligence networks can safely soar into the online software "cloud."

"Our goal is to demonstrate how can be a tool to enable our Air Force to manage, monitor and secure the information flowing through our network," said Lieutenant General William Lord, for the military branch.

Cloud computing has grown increasingly popular as businesses cut costs and technology maintenance woes by essentially renting hosted online instead of buying and installing programs on their own machines.

The Air Force has contracted IBM to develop a private cloud computing "architecture" that improves "all operational, analytical and security capabilities," according to Lord.

IBM said the 10-month-project will "push the technology boundaries" of cloud computing to tailor a system for a military network that includes nine major commands, nearly 100 bases, and 700,000 active personnel worldwide.

A key component of the system will be "stream computing" that couples sensors and monitors to quickly analyze flowing data for "actionable insights" into cyberattacks or network problems, according to IBM.

"This instant access to information would enable officials to automatically shift the prevention environment based on rules-based protocols in the event of a or network anomalies," IBM said.

In what might seem a page from science fiction, the system will also feature "autonomic computing" allowing it to "retune itself" without human intervention.

Advantages of cloud computing for the military include allowing resources to be controlled remotely and enabling networks and data to survive even if "underlying hardware" is destroyed, according to the US technology veteran.

Explore further: The new Candy Crush? Chinese language apps make learning a game

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

IBM makes Big Blue cloud

Nov 16, 2009

IBM on Monday announced it has created the world's largest business computing "cloud" capable of holding an amount of digital data on a par with 250 billion iTunes songs.

IBM to Build First Cloud Computing Center in China

Feb 01, 2008

IBM today announced it will establish the first Cloud Computing Center for software companies in China, which will be situated at the new Wuxi Tai Hu New Town Science and Education Industrial Park in Wuxi, China

IBM Debuts New Category of Server for Web 2.0 Computing

Apr 23, 2008

IBM introduced today an entirely new category of server uniquely designed to address the technology needs of companies that use Web 2.0-style computing to operate massive data centers with tens of thousands of servers.

Microsoft raises cloud computing concerns

Nov 05, 2009

Packaged software powerhouse Microsoft on Thursday released a paper outlining privacy concerns businesses should consider prior to leaping into the computing "cloud."

Google wooing Microsoft business customers

Oct 19, 2009

Google on Monday ramped up a campaign to convert businesses worldwide into users of email, calendar, document and other software programs it offers online as services on the Internet.

Recommended for you

New app first to use gesture for language learning

Jan 29, 2015

While you might think a person shaking her phone or tablet from side to side is having issues with the device, she might actually be playing a game that has her mimicking a steering wheel motion as part of ...

Linux distrib vendors make patches available for GHOST

Jan 29, 2015

Qualys said on Tuesday that there was a serious weakness in the Linux glibc library. During a code audit, Qualys researchers discovered a buffer overflow in the __nss_hostname_digits_dots() function of glibc. ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

NeilFarbstein
not rated yet Feb 05, 2010
It finally happened, US drones and defense department computers were hacked into by enemy hackers. Its impossible to make cloud computing secure. Especially as quantum computers become common and available to foriegn governmnets and terrorists. They can be used to crack encryption codes with ease. Terrorists are regularly looking through the cameras of our drones as they hit enemy targets and conduct reconnasisnce. Sooner or later they will get control of our drones and use them against us.
Contact Neil Farbstein
Ex Candidate For Governor
protn7@att.net

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.