February 2017 ATARC Federal Cloud & Data Center Summit Report

April 2017
Topics: Cloud Computing, Government Agency Operations
Dr. Justin F. Brunelle, The MITRE Corporation
Sunny Anand, The MITRE Corporation
Rick Cagle, The MITRE Corporation
Christine J. Kim, The MITRE Corporation
Michael J. Kristan, The MITRE Corporation
Dr. Mari J. Spina, The MITRE Corporation
Katy Warren, The MITRE Corporation
Tim Harvey, The Advanced Technology Academic Research Center
Tom Suder, The Advanced Technology Academic Research Center
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The most recent installment of the ATARC Federal Cloud & Data Center Summit, held on February 16, 2017, included five MITRE-ATARC (Advanced Technology Academic Research Center) Collaboration Sessions. These collaboration sessions allowed industry, academic, government, and MITRE representatives the opportunity to collaborate and discuss challenges the government faces in cloud computing. The goal of these sessions is to create a forum to exchange ideas and develop recommendations to further the adoption and advancement of cloud computing techniques and best practices within the government. 

Participants representing government, industry, and academia addressed five challenge areas in federal cloud computing: Developing a roadmap for migrating federal services to the cloud; Securing data in the cloud – Identifying Best Practices and desired outcomes; Cloud services in disconnected and tactical environments; Beyond the Service Level Agreement (SLA): Relationships with Cloud Service Providers (CSPs); and HealthTrac Sponsored Session: Using Cloud in Healthcare.

This white paper summarizes the discussions in the collaboration sessions and presents recommendations for government, academia, and industry while identifying intersecting points among challenge areas. The sessions identified actionable recommendations for the government, academia, and industry which are summarized below:

  • As best practices and success stories emerge, government cloud adopters should leverage existing work where appropriate, but maintain agility to refine and customize approaches for their individual needs (e.g., adjusting a cloud migration roadmap).
  • Industry and government partnerships are beginning to emerge, and government adopters should work with industry when designing and acquiring cloud solutions (e.g., security requirements versus SLAs).
  • Communication, education, and common terminology is paramount in government cloud computing, and government cloud adopters should increase investments in these three areas.

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