Nextgov: NOAA Shifts Some Key Environmental Data Processing to the Cloud

“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service, or NESDIS, recently made the first major move in an ambitious undertaking to migrate much of its ground systems to cloud computing.

In March, a portion of the Joint Polar Satellite System’s operational data processing ground system, which captures crucial data about Earth, made the shift.

JPSS encompasses America’s most advanced series of polar-orbiting environmental satellites, according to NOAA, and this transition notably lessened the program’s hardware footprint.

‘Being first in the organization of NOAA to make such a major change of doing business—that’s not trivial,’ NESDIS Chief Information Officer Irene Parker told Nextgov in a recent interview. ‘I think the team—both the government and contractor teams—worked really well together to rapidly learn the new technologies, especially with this pandemic, to be able to meet our timelines.’…”

“This marks the service’s first operational system to transition into a FedRAMP-authorized cloud, but it’s just the beginning.

‘How this fits into NOAA’s broader vision, basically, is that we would like to deliver directly to our customers in the cloud as a part of our modernization phase. Right now, although our processing takes place in the cloud, we still distribute via on-premise solutions,’ Parker said. ‘So, that’s our next step—really to move the distribution and sharing of our data into the cloud. We’re working with the NESDIS cloud initiative to share lessons learned in how we can standardize tools and processes across the enterprise.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: NOAA Shifts Some Key Environmental Data Processing to the Cloud – By Brandi Vincent, April 7, 2021. Nextgov.

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