How cloud enables mission assurance
Today, enterprise IT is a crucial part of every modern organization's operation. The stakes are higher than ever for CIOs that oversee technology implementation, as they grapple with a complex array of risks.
Chief among these risks is availability. Infrastructure failures can cost millions of dollars in disrupted operations. Just as worrying is the security risk facing modern organizations. Unpatched software or compromised user accounts provide quick entry points for intruders who can wreak havoc. Finally, financial risk is a key concern. IT operations must provide robust application performance and protect data while staying within budget.
Leidos protects against these risks by designing for failure. We assume that at some point, a client will find themselves unable to meet computing demand or that they will suffer from a mission-critical systems failure. By anticipating these issues early on, we can use the cloud computing environment to cover every eventuality.
To support this principle, we rely on a tried and tested full life-cycle engineering process called Mission Assurance. It reduces the risks facing enterprise IT using a comprehensive risk management framework that hardens IT deployments for the toughest challenges.
The benefits of cloud computing
Cloud computing has become one of the most important technology resources for Leidos and our clients in the Mission Assurance process, due in part to one of its biggest benefits: security.
Secure computing is built directly into cloud infrastructure to protect customers at all layers of the technology stack, from the physical hardware through the network to the application layer. Enterprises using the cloud can rely on a range of high-level network services to intelligently analyze traffic and endpoint behavior and alert administrators to dangerous events.
Another key benefit of cloud computing environments is their elasticity, which helps to protect against service disruption. The cloud offers far more resources than most traditional enterprise computing environments, and their virtualized infrastructures enable administrators to distribute workloads dynamically in response to changing conditions. This maximizes their ability to scale computing, storage and network resources, and meet spikes in demand.
Cloud infrastructures also mitigate financial risks by eliminating the need to provision equipment in advance. Many organizations must pursue lengthy approval cycles to procure new hardware in non-cloud environments. This forces them to purchase more computing and storage capacity than they need in anticipation of growing demand.
Conversely, technology operations can provision resources within minutes in a cloud environment. Instead of paying for hardware in its entirety and eating into short-term budgets, they pay only for the time that they need the resource, incurring a more manageable operational expense.
Cloud computing also supports another key component in the Leidos Mission Assurance process: fault tolerance. Enterprise customers can find it expensive and time-consuming to design and test failover processes between different geographies in the event of a failure. Failover capabilities are hardwired into cloud environments, which distribute data and computing power across multiple availability zones. Cloud service providers complement this with tried and tested replication procedures that keep systems running during fire, flood or digital outages.
All of these benefits enable us to build and operate world-class services for clients that some of the most sensitive sectors that have no room for error. Cloud computing remains a key component of our secure, highly available service proposition.
Find out more about how Leidos' Cloud solutions can help you achieve Mission Assurance.