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NATO Selects Thales for Defence Cloud

NEXIUM Defence Cloud Deployable in Under 24 Hours

NATO has selected Thales’ NEXIUM Defence Cloud as the first theatre-level deployable cloud capability, providing a compact, fully certified solution for end-to-end management and control of connectivity, applications and data hosting, the company announced on 25 January.

Deployable in-theatre in under 24 hours, the Thales solution addresses the paramount need of the armed forces for access to critical data and applications. It enables analysis and sharing of data in real time from the command centre to the theatre of operations, allowing the services to pursue their digital transformation in complete security. It also accelerates the decision cycle, allowing them to gain and maintain operational advantage.

Previously, it could take several months and dozens of specialised engineers working at sites close to the combat zone to deploy the assets required. With the NEXIUM Defence Cloud and its Service Design Studio and orchestration system, a small team of experts can deploy IT services and applications to locations thousands of kilometres away in just a few hours. The solution is based on a holistic approach encompassing applications management, IT, networks and security, with an overall system architecture designed to accommodate various different levels of confidentiality.

NEXIUM Defence Cloud incorporates the best civil and commercial technologies available to provide a complete, modular, sovereign solution that enables forces to operate fully autonomously. It offers a wide array of possible configurations, from very high capacity and easily scalable infrastructure for command headquarters to all-in-one containerised systems that transform a forward base into a new cloud node in just a few hours. This easy interconnection within ad hoc organisations and command structures increases mission effectiveness with an unparalleled level of security.

The most compact, highly integrated and modular solution available today, NEXIUM Defence Cloud includes all the components of military command posts (cabinets, servers, data storage media, supervision system, etc.) and meets performance requirements in terms of size, weight and power (SWaP) to simplify deployment and minimise the logistics footprint. The system has all the strengths needed to become the benchmark solution for the high value-added deployable command posts that will be required for the coalition operations of tomorrow.

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