WASHINGTON — The Enterprise Cloud Management Agency (ECMA) reached a major milestone this month by moving its 202nd application through the Cloud Account Management Optimization (CAMO) agreement.
The CAMO agreement is the Army’s enterprise cloud service provider (CSP) reseller, as well as its cloud tracking and analytics capability. It provides Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure cloud services at impact levels 2, 4, 5 and 6. CAMO will soon offer the Google Cloud Platform.
With the release of the 2022 Army Cloud Plan, ECMA established cloud environments in both AWS and Azure that are approved for use at IL2-6. Additionally, ECMA developed initial processes that enable the Army to take advantage of the cloud -- CAMO is a large enabler in this.
The Army must continue to scale by automating and injecting customer transparency across the Cloud Modernization Approval Process to support all objectives in the Cloud Plan and in the Army’s modernization priorities. This modernization effort includes educating the workforce on cloud, accelerating the modernization and migration of systems and applications to cARMY and automating support processes and workflows for efficiency.
“It’s a milestone because it’s showing the adoption of cloud across the Army and DoD,” said Nathan Cost, CAMO product manager. “There are a variety of applications that have been moved through CAMO that have an impact on many areas of Army operations. Some of the applications include those that impact warfighter missions and relationships with our NATO partners. This is not just a success for the Army, but a success for our U.S. forces across the globe.”
The benefits of CAMO include its ability to act as a one-stop-shop which allows commands to properly plan, purchase and consume CSP services and procure AWS and Azure at discounted rates.
Additionally, CAMO includes cloud-utilization analysis tools, tracks actual spending instead of a proposed budget and project spending based on historical trends to protect against the expiration of funding. CAMO also provides optimization recommendations specific to the user’s application.
“The adoption of CAMO by more application owners is significant for the Department of the Army,” said Tyrus Edwards, ECMA Cloud Management Division chief. “Not only does it move us closer to achieving the key objectives of the Army Unified Network Plan, but more importantly, it provides leadership the ability to make real-time decisions based on real-time data to optimize resources allocated for cloud compute-and-store. CAMO provides modernized contracting mechanisms and advanced analytics for effective utilization of commercial cloud services for the government.”
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