10 May 2011 16:09:32
The U.S. Air Force will provide a $6 million grant to the University of Illinois to fund research and development of a cloud computing center working with both secured military networks and private ones, according to a report from the Champaign News-Gazette.
Roy Campbell, a computer science professor at the UI, told the newspaper that the institution had already planned for a new center along these lines.
"We already had a team in place, but we didn't have the money until now," he said in an interview.
Campbell explained that the new University Center of Excellence in Assured Cloud Computing would focus on the way heavily secured defense computer systems interact with less secure private clouds - and with those belonging to other governments. The center will partner with two in-house Air Force research organizations, the News-Gazette said.
Cloud security, experts say, is likely even more of a concern for the military than for the private sector, given the extreme importance of keeping defense information out of the wrong hands.
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