U.S. Army Drives Logistics System on IBM Cloud
IBM signed a deal with the U.S. Army to run the Army's logistics system—processing 40 million transactions a day—on IBM's hybrid cloud platform.IBM announced that the U.S. Army is using the IBM Cloud to power one of the biggest logistics systems in the U.S. federal government. The Logistics Support Activity—known as LOGSA—provides on-time integrated logistics support of Army operations worldwide that impacts every soldier, every day. Since migrating to a hybrid cloud model with IBM in 2014, LOGSA processes 40 million unique data transactions every day—more than the New York Stock Exchange, IBM said. The new hybrid cloud system is designed to connect the IBM Cloud to the Army's on-premise environment to enable broad use of data analytics for sharper insights. "The Army not only recognized a trend in IT that could transform how they deliver services to their logistics personnel around the world, they also implemented a cloud environment quickly and are already experiencing significant benefits," Anne Altman, general manager for U.S. Federal at IBM, said in a statement. "They're taking advantage of the inherent benefits of hybrid cloud: security and the ability to connect it with an existing IT system. It also gives the Army the flexibility to incorporate new analytics services and mobile capabilities."
LOGSA is the home of the Army's Logistics Information Warehouse (LIW), which is the service's storehouse for collecting, storing, organizing and delivering logistics data. It provides logistics information gleaned through analytics tools and business intelligence solutions to acquire, manage, equip and sustain the materiel needs of the U.S. Army. LIW provides services to more than 65,000 users and 150 direct trading partners around the world.