Case Study

Nasa JSC
Managed Cloud Environment

Johnsons Space Center (JSC) desires to implement a managed cloud environment (JSC-MCE) within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment to provide application hosting, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and a flexible, and scalable cloud computing platform.

Our team is establishing an AWS Managed Cloud Environment that is integrated with Agency IT and business services and adheres to the EMCC Service Level Agreement (SLA) for Cloud Services.

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Case Study Summary

Client:
NASA -
Johnsons Space Center
Industry:
Government
Core Partners:
AWS
Enquizit
Four Points
Goals & Benefits
  • New Opportunities in Computing Scalability
  • Improved availability of NASA’s public data
  • Faster Project start-up times
  • Pay only for the compute usage
  • Better TCO by shifting away from hardware and facilities ownership

Business Challenge / Problem Details

Based on NASA CIO’s recommendation to leverage the cloud, Johnsons Space Center (JSC) desires to implement a managed cloud environment (JSC-MCE) within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment to provide application hosting, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and a flexible, and scalable cloud computing platform. The MCE will enable JSC successfully manage implementation of its mission critical projects, with rapid adoption of cloud technologies, allowing for quicker ramp up, innovation, and results, while maintaining NASA-wide governance and compliance protocols. The envisioned software development environment will streamline the deployment and operational approval of applications developed specifically for JSC while ensuring IT optimization and improved TCO.

Output / Our Solution

Our team is establishing an AWS Managed Cloud Environment that is integrated with Agency IT and business services and adheres to the EMCC Service Level Agreement (SLA) for Cloud Services. Core functionality provided by JSC-MCE include integration with billing system, access to NASA approved AWS services, pre-negotiated SLA, and streamlined IT security compliance. The recommended architecture defines the governance baseline and infrastructure architectures across several security and operating domains. The CIS AWS Foundations Benchmarks (v1.1) is used as a basis for establishing governance baselines. The benchmarks are a set of best practices for securing AWS accounts and resources; they comprise fifty-four recommendations across four control families: identity and access management, logging, monitoring, and networking.

Apart from establishing the MCE, Enquizit will be migrating JSC’s first workload into AWS using end-to-end automation while implementing tight security controls, monitoring & logging components, standardized backup protocols, load balancing and Auto Scaling capabilities.

TOOLS & TECHNOLOGIES USED

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  • IAM
    CloudWatch
    CloudTrail
    S3
    Lambda
    ELB
  • EBS
    VPC
    EC2
    CloudFormation
    KMS
  • Xceedium
    Splunk