The US military is using IBM's cloud services to support one of the largest logistics operations in the US federal government.
The system is a hybrid model comprising IBM's cloud and the US military's on-premise servers to power the Army Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) system, which provides integrated logistical support for worldwide operations.
LOGSA processes and stores data containing information about the Army's readiness and structure, and provides logistical intelligence, lifecycle support and technical advice so that equipment is ready for deployment where needed.
Underpinning LOGSA is the Logistics Information Warehouse (LIW), the Army's official digital warehouse for collecting, storing and organising logistics data.
The LIW provides 65,000 users and 150 of the Army's trading partners with logistical information to ensure that the Army is appropriately equipped across the globe.
The Army migrated part of its system onto IBM's cloud in 2014, and LOGSA processes 40 million unique data transactions a day, which is more than the New York Stock Exchange, according to IBM.
Big Blue claims that the hybrid model has allowed the Army to reduce its costs on the system by 50 percent, and enabled it to focus on new analytics services such as condition-based maintenance and data mining.
Tapping into IBM's cloud allows the Army to carry out LOGSA data and analytics activity with improved efficiency, and lets logistics staff make use of up-to-date and accurate information pulled from the cloud.
Anne Altman, general manager for US federal at IBM, said the Army recognised how cloud computing can deliver logistics information wherever troops are based.
"They're taking advantage of the inherent benefits of a hybrid cloud: security and the ability to connect it with an existing IT system. It also gives the Army the flexibility to incorporate new analytics services and mobile capabilities," she added.
The US Army is not the only military force to integrate the latest technology into its operations.
The chief of ICS Ops at the British Army HQ explained during V3's Mobility Summit that the it is marching towards a mobility strategy despite the security challenges.
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