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					                                                                                                KML-PSR-1-Feb10
                     Knowledge Management Laboratory (KML)
                     723 Seibert Rd, Suite 3 Phone: (618) 744–9848
                     Scott AFB, IL 62225     E-mail: kml@cadrc.calpoly.edu



                    KML Center Consortium: Problem Summary Report
         Research Request #: 1
              Research Topic: Cloud Computing
                Requested by: USTRANSCOM-J6
            Submission Date: 9 February, 2010

    1. Description and Research Questions
As part of its Corporate Services Vision (CSV), USTRANSCOM-J6 is exploring Cloud
Computing as a potential implementation environment. Based on the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) definition of Cloud Computing1 USTRANSCOM-J6 has
prepared a draft Cloud Computing Technical Reference Model (Attachment A) and is requesting
technical advice from the KML Center Consortium on the following research issues:
    1.1 Analysis, review and recommendations relating to USTRANSCOM’s draft Cloud
        Computing Technical Reference Model document (Attachment A).
    1.2 The ability of existing and emerging security architecture models in industry to
        satisfy the information assurance requirements of USTRANSCOM in its capacity as
        the Distribution Process Owner (DPO) of the US Department of Defense (DoD).
    1.3 The advantages, disadvantages, and risks involved for USTRANSCOM to adopt
        private, public, and/or hybrid cloud environments as an implementation strategy.


    2. Typical Use-Case
USTRANSCOM users, as well as the DPO’s military and commercial customers desire an
information management environment that allows them to access the capabilities that they
require to perform their tasks through a single sign-on, in a highly responsive and user-
transparent manner.


    3. Current Strategies and Procedures
USTRANSCOM is currently supporting several initiatives aimed at transitioning its legacy
system-centric information management environment to a service-centric environment that is
based on service-oriented architecture (SOA) design concepts and implementation principles.

    4. Data Requirements
Any demonstration of specific Cloud Computing capabilities that the KML Center Consortium
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    NIST (Mell P. and T. Grance, Definition of Cloud Computing, Version 15, 7 October 2009): “Cloud computing
    is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing
    resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and
    released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”


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                                                                                    KML-PSR-1-Feb10
                 Knowledge Management Laboratory (KML)
                 723 Seibert Rd, Suite 3 Phone: (618) 744–9848
                 Scott AFB, IL 62225     E-mail: kml@cadrc.calpoly.edu



may wish to include in its research agenda is likely to require access to representative operational
data. However, the data provided by USTRANSCOM need not be current but may be archived
historical data.


 5. Operational Environment
The KML Center demonstration environment may include components provided by its industry
and academic members. However, to the extent possible all components of the demonstration
environment will be selected with a view to potential future replication in USTRANSCOM’s
Enterprise Integration Laboratory (EIL) and operational environment.


 6. Interfacing Requirements
This research project does not require any electronic interfaces to USTRANSCOM’s operational
systems. While an interface to the EIL may be desirable it is not an essential requirement for this
research project.


 7. Objectives and Expected Outcome
The overall objective of this research project is to provide technical guidance to
USTRANSCOM-J6 in its efforts to determine the feasibility and implementation strategies for
transitioning its enterprise information management capabilities to a SOA-based Cloud
Computing environment. Due to the scope of the many issues that impact this objective it is
likely that the research project will need to be conducted in phases. The expected outcome of the
initial phase is projected to include:
 7.1 Analysis and recommendations relating to USTRANSCOM’s draft Cloud Computing
     Technical Reference Model (Attachment A).
 7.2 Analysis and recommendations relating to current and emerging security architecture
     models for Cloud Computing.
 7.3 Analysis and recommendations relating to USTRANSCOM’s private, public, and
     hybrid Cloud infrastructure ownership alternatives.
 7.4 Demonstration of selected Cloud Computing capabilities related to the research being
     undertaken in the initial phase.


 8. Resources Required
Resources required for this research project include computer hardware and software,
communication facilities, representative data, and subject matter experts from industry, academia
and the Government, as follows:
 8.1 Computing and communication facilities of the KML Center and individual
     participating members of the KML Center Consortium.


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                                                                                     KML-PSR-1-Feb10
                   Knowledge Management Laboratory (KML)
                   723 Seibert Rd, Suite 3 Phone: (618) 744–9848
                   Scott AFB, IL 62225     E-mail: kml@cadrc.calpoly.edu



 8.2 Technical experts on the various aspects of Cloud Computing considered in the
     research project, drawn from the members of the KML Center Consortium.
 8.3 Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on DoD and USTRANSCOM specific (if any)
     security requirements and current practices, operational business processes,
     distribution portfolio strategic planning, and acquisition policies, provided by
     USTRANSCOM.
 8.4 Representative data for demonstrations provided by USTRANSCOM.


 9. Project Technical Committee
(To be decided.)




        Enclosure:     Attachment A (USTRANSCOM-J6 ‘Distribution Portfolio Management
                       Conceptual Architecture for Cloud Computing’, 18 December 2009,
                       draft Version 0.5).




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