The first thing that comes to mind for those who think about Lockheed Martin (News - Alert) may well indeed be the cloud, but more of a physical sort than the computing kind. But Lockheed Martin doesn't just offer access to the stratus and cumulonimbus, it also offers access to the information technology cloud, and the U.S Department of the Interior is turning to Lockheed Martin to get the department to this new cloud.
The contract is valued at up to $1 billion, and calls for Lockheed Martin to move a variety of data and applications alike currently scattered across more than 400 different data centers, assorted rooms and even a few closets to a cloud-based system. The specifics of the contract itself, meanwhile, are described as indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, and with options to extend the contract as far out as 2023, giving Lockheed Martin around 10 years to make the migration happen.
Lockheed Martin has, in response, assembled a variety of partners to help make the Department of the Interior's cloud project go off, and given that Lockheed Martin was recently named as the No. 1 provider of IT services for the federal government for the last 19 years by Washington Technology, it's a small surprise that the Department of the Interior would tap Lockheed Martin for such an extensive project. What's more, Lockheed Martin also recently received the highest level authorization in the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board. This is the first time a large federal contractor has received such certification, and makes it further clear why the Department of the Interior went this route.
As for Lockheed Martin's ability to provide a cloud solution, there's more than just FedRAMP speaking in its favor. Lockheed Martin offers what's known as its Solutions as a Service (SolaS) platform, which brings a variety of Lockheed Martin partnerships under one umbrella to offer up a solution that Lockheed Martin's vice president of energy solutions for the information systems and global solutions business, Frank Armijo, calls “an affordable, low-risk, and user friendly” way to get users—like the Department of the Interior—to the cloud. Armijo further describes Lockheed Martin's systems as able to “combine data center consolidation, cloud and other green IT practices to help our customers meet their mission needs and maximize the benefits of advanced technology.”
With 10 years to make the switch and a variety of partners waiting in the wings, it's clear that Lockheed Martin has the technical expertise to help the Department of the Interior make the switch it needs to make. What's more, the Department of the Interior isn't alone in its cloud aspirations: a recent report emerged from NASA suggesting that the organization needs to make a bigger move to cloud systems, so it's enough to wonder if a larger part of government systems will start making cloud appearances soon. That's got more than its share of implications as is in the form of security and transparency, but it's also got plenty of advantages in terms of cost savings, which is certainly welcome news. Lockheed Martin's got a big job ahead of it, and hopefully, it can make the move with minimal disruption and under budget.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey