The Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer (CIO) is committed to accelerating the adoption of cloud computing within the Department and to providing a secure, resilient Enterprise Cloud Environment through an alignment with Department-wide Information Technology (IT) efficiency initiatives, federal data center consolidation and cloud computing efforts. Key benefits that can be achieved with cloud computing include increased mission effectiveness and operational efficiencies. Cloud computing will enable the Department to consolidate and share commodity IT functions resulting in a more efficient use of resources.
The 26 June 2012 DoD CIO designation memo specifies that DISA will perform cloud brokerage functions to achieve IT efficiencies, reliability, interoperability, and improve security and end-to-end performance by using cloud service offerings. DoD Components will acquire cloud services through the Enterprise Cloud Service Broker (ECSB) or obtain a waiver from the DoD CIO designated review authority (i.e., the GIG Waiver Board).
A primary responsibility of the ECSB is to manage the use, performance and delivery of cloud services, and negotiate relationships between cloud providers and cloud consumers. The ECSB will connect consumers to providers through a process that matches consumer requirements to cloud provider capabilities. This process is supported by an enterprise cloud service catalog that includes approved cloud providers, a form cloud service providers use to submit information about capabilities to be included in the enterprise cloud service catalog, and a cloud service consumer request form by which requirements will be submitted to the ECSB.