FedPlatform Testbed

The FedPlatform Cloud Computing Testbed (coming soon) will serve as an easy way to evaluate “third platform” technologies: namely, cloud computing, big data, systems of engagement (SOE), and mobile computing without undertaking major investments. It aligns with the 25-Point Plan to Reform Federal IT, which advises agencies to evaluate safe, secure cloud computing options before making new investments.

According to the 25-Point Plan, “the lag between when the government defines its requirements and when the contractor begins to deliver is enough time for the technology to fundamentally change, which means that the program may be outdated on the day it starts.” The consumption-based business model of cloud computing opens new possibilities for agencies to safely evaluate IT solutions as a faster way to gain valuable experiences. According to the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, the cloud offers new ways to test with smaller initial investments. “After the small initial investment is made, the project can be evaluated for additional investment or cancellation. Projects that show promise can gain valuable insights through the evaluation process. This ‘start small’ approach collectively reduces the risk associated with new application development. Reducing the minimum required investment size will also provide a more experimental development environment in which innovation can flourish.”

The testbed will evaluate multiple SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and cloud broker technologies in relation to:

  • Qualifying and categorizing cloud services based on NIST criteria for SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and the essential characteristics of cloud computing
  • General suitability of cloud computing solutions to support strategies and missions
  • “Total cost of use” of cloud services

The testbed takes advantage of one of the greatest benefits of cloud computing: a newfound ability to try emerging technologies with zero commitment, zero install, and often with zero upfront investment. The Innovation testbed gives developers a safe place to try new ideas before diving headfirst into complex projects. The vendor-neutral testbed will be headquartered in I79 Technology Park within the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center.

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