DISA Offers DoD Cloud Computing with RACE
Arlington, Va. – The Defense Information Service Agency today announced the release of the next version of its Rapid Access Computing Environment (RACE). Initially launched in October 2008, RACE initially allowed for the rapid delivery of Test & Development environments. This release allows DoD users the ability to self-service provision operating environments within the highly secured Defense Enterprise Computing Center’s (DECC) production environment. With its rapidly accessible and scalable computing infrastructure, RACE uses virtualization and the nearly unlimited capability of cloud computing to offer Defense Department customers platform/infrastructure as a service in test and production environments, the first of its kind for DoD.
“This is all about our customers,” said Henry J. Sienkiewicz, Technical Program Director, DISA Computing Services, adding, “RACE is a first for DoD – our users can now customize, purchase, and receive their test and development computing platform within 24 hours and the production environments within 72 hours, and that’s a must for worldwide missions with ever-changing computing requirements. Our goal is to allow software development to securely occur within the decision-making cycle. RACE and other DISA initiatives such as Forge.mil, Global Content Delivery Services, and the Net-centric Enterprise Service posture the Agency to support the ever evolving needs of the American warfighter.”
RACE’s quick-turn computing solution provides DoD customers with highly standardized computing platforms quickly, inexpensively and securely. With RACE allowing for provisioning within the production environment, customers get self-service provisioning with streamlined accreditation. They’ll get pre-established inherited IA controls as well as the ability to promote projects and programs from test to the production environment. SAN storage up to 1TB per RACE server is also now available, with additional storage from 10GB to 1TB in 10GB increments available. Customers need only a government credit card or completed MIPR to begin.
Further RACE details include:
- 24-hour provisioning
- Capacity on demand
- No capital investment required
- 365/24/7 service desk support
- DISA’s DECC standard platforms
- NIPR connectivity
- LAMP stack
- Choose MS Windows or Red Hat Linux operating environments
- Online self-service
- Month-to-month service
- No annual maintenance fees
- Pay only for what you need
- Test servers cost per month/image
- Developed under DoD IA standards
- 1-4 CPU, 1-8 GB memory, 60 GB of storage
- Application Development configured STIG’d operating environment
RACE continues to evolve. In FY10, DISA will deploy RACE on DoD’s classified network (SIPRNet), as well as completely integrate an accelerated accreditation processes. RACE will also complete integration with DISA’s standardized configuration management system (BladeLogic). For more details, visit http://www.disa.mil/race/.
DISA, a Combat Support Agency, engineers and provides command and control capabilities and enterprise infrastructure to continuously operate and assure a global net-centric enterprise in direct support to joint warfighters, National level leaders, and other mission and coalition partners across the full spectrum of operations. We are leaders enabling information dominance in defense of our Nation.