NATO has signed an agreement with IBM to develop a cloud computing infrastructure that will provide improved data center efficiencies and increased information sharing among the defense organization’s 28 member nations.

The defense organization announced that under the NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) project, it will work with IBM to explore and demonstrate a new cloud computing model that could be used to consolidate and integrate technologies for critical command and control programs.

“Through this collaborative project, we hope to be able to realize the potential of cloud computing to tackle new challenges more efficiently, ultimately benefiting the NATO member nations,” Johan Goossens, head of ACT’s technology and human factors branch, said in a statement.

The on-premise cloud environment will be used to test and develop applications for command, control, intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance projects. The organization said the goal is to demonstrate how recent developments in cloud computing car reduce ramp-up time for enhanced technology capabilities, while improving operational functions. This may include faster decision making and increased situational awareness.

The project will be developed at the Headquarters of the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (AQ SACT) in Norfolk, Va. The partners said another aim of the project is to create a robust and secure cloud computing model that could server other military needs.


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