GSA Reflects on NOAA Cloud Transition Initiative

Jeff Brody

The General Services Administration has recognized the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's cloud initiative as a model example of smart cloud migration. NOAA built its enterprise-level cloud platform from multiple cloud service providers to employ a diverse set of technical features, Bill Zielinski wrote on a blog posted Tuesday on the General Services Administration's website.

The weather forecast agency is migrating its operations and big data to cloud, with over 40 datasets already moved. NOAA states its objectives, instead or required work, to define the agency's cloud needs during solicitations. NOAA's contracting companies use these objectives as basis when forming responses.

“NOAA works with five commercial cloud providers to see how their services can facilitate full and open data access to the taxpayer and to foster innovation by leveraging new automation tools to make data more readily accessible," the weather forecast agency said in a business brief.

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