U.S. Army Taps IBM Hybrid Cloud for One of Federal Government’s Biggest Logistics Systems

The U.S. Army is using IBM Hybrid Cloud to power one of the biggest logistics systems in the U.S. federal government. The new hybrid cloud system is designed to connect the IBM Cloud to the Army’s on-premise environment to enable broad use of data analytics for sharper insights and result in improved performance, enterprise scale, better security, and greater reliability – all IBM hallmarks. 

The Logistics Support Activity – known as LOGSA – provides on-time integrated logistics support of Army operations worldwide that impacts every soldier, every day.

U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Steven Siberski

LOGSA is home of the Logistics Information Warehouse (LIW), the Army’s official storehouse for collecting, storing, organizing and delivering logistics data. It provides critical logistics information capabilities through analytics tools and business intelligence solutions to acquire, manage, equip and sustain the materiel needs of the U.S. Army. LIW provides services to more than 65,000 users and 150 direct trading partners around the world.

“The U.S. Army not only recognized a trend in IT that could transform how they deliver services to their logistics personnel around the world, they also implemented a cloud environment quickly and are already experiencing significant benefits,” said Anne Altman, General Manager for U.S. Federal at IBM. “They’re taking advantage of the inherent benefits of hybrid cloud: security and the ability to connect it with an existing IT system. It also gives the Army the flexibility to incorporate new analytics services and mobile capabilities.”

ibm-cloudThe announcement follows the news that IBM recently opened SoftLayer Federal cloud centers in Ashburn, Virginia, and Dallas. In addition to the SoftLayer cloud centers, IBM offers its FedRAMP-certified SmartCloud for Government.