As is known, a lot of household items around us, gadgets, etc., are products of the military-space complex. There are many examples of this, and listing them again is a thankless task. But there are also cases when the military-space complex uses “peaceful” developments, so to speak. So, NASA is going to transfer its computing power to the "cloud", doing so on the example of large IT companies. With all this software in these "clouds" will be used open. According to the leadership of NASA, this will not happen immediately, because such a transition takes time, but it will happen.
Until now, NASA was faced with the need to allocate a large number of its specialists and budget funds to service its own data centers. How many specialists work in NASA data centers is not known for sure, but up to a billion funds are spent on servicing this entire computing complex per year. In addition, work on many NASA projects is hampered due to the need to involve their own specialists in the maintenance of computer systems. According to the management of this organization, when transferring computing power to the "cloud", this problem is removed.
NASA developers really dislike the situation when they really have to spend a lot of people, money and time to create and maintain a specific IT infrastructure for a particular project. It is much easier, according to NASA technical director Chris Kimp, to use third-party cloud data centers. It is clear that the funds for all this will also go a lot, but at least not a billion dollars a year.
NASA even developed a cloud system for itself, calling it Nebula. This platform has been constantly improved with the help of NASA experts and partners of this organization, including the hosting provider Rackspace. Now, on the basis of Nebula, another platform works, which is called OpenStack - it has already been written about on Habré.
NASA plans to create reliable systems that can work for not a month or a year, but 10-15 years without stopping. Agree, to achieve this is not so easy, but NASA experts say that all this is possible. And the data that will be placed in the "clouds" will become constantly available for both NASA itself and its partners.