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Pentagon Takes First Steps In Private Cloud Analytics Platform; Bill Keely Comments

cloudThe Defense Department has begun using a private cloud platform for analyzing big data in an effort to gain insights into large volumes of unstructured information, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jared Serbu writes the Acropolis cloud environment has worked to extract data from systems throughout the DoD network for six months and nearly 1,300 users are using the platform through an OZONE-based presentation layer.

Bill Keely, deputy chief technology officer for mission assurance at the Defense Information Systems Agency, told the station the cloud system is intended to help the DoD components and intelligence community handle cybersecurity and network operations during the platform’s initial stage.

“As far as the size of data, every single time an email gets sent off, there are like 100 different devices that get involved that are all logging records, so as far as the amount of data, it’s definitely in those two,” Keely said.

Serbu writes DISA built the program based partly on the National Security Agency-pioneered public domain Accumulo.

DISA plans to later extend the Acropolis application to managing financial accounting information and acquisition data within DoD, according to the report.

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