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Inside the NSA's private cloud

Dirk A.D. Smith | Sept. 30, 2014
National Security Agency is building its private cloud on commodity hardware, open source software

When an analyst raised a hand, they stepped in to help. Anderson explained, "Initially, those were brutal. They found lots of problems but, over time, the teams got to the point where tasks that took hours or even days in the legacy systems took minutes or even seconds to do in the cloud."

Bottom line
The NSA's move to a private cloud is working on several fronts. The agency has moved much of its work from legacy systems to a cloud-based platform. The cloud's efficiencies have reduced the danger of job-threatening budget cuts; office productivity -- finding the bad guys out there -- has improved; and cyber security has made a dramatic leap forward.


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