Almost three years ago, the Department of Defense embarked on an ambitious project to provide the highest standards of information security and resilience to military personnel.  The Joint Information Environment (JIE) was designed as a shared information technology infrastructure that would improve mission effectiveness and improve information security at the same time as facilitating information sharing between branches of the military.

One of the key drivers of success for the JIE thus far is an underlying infrastructure that is flexible, open, and agile on the inside while providing fortress-like security to anyone outside the shared environment – whether they’re in highly secure office space in Washington D.C. or a deployed with a unit on the frontlines of war.  Data must be able to migrate easily between different environments and formats seamlessly in order to prove the merits of JIE.

This type of complex shared environment is made possible by a Data Fabric that seamlessly knits together and enables data movement among private and public clouds, hosting capabilities, and hyperscale environments, like AWS, Microsoft Azure, and IBM Softlayer.  Only one data storage company, NetApp, offers the innovative data storage and management solutions that are capable of supporting more than 12,500 deployed systems and managing data across the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

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Still need a bit more information about what a Data Fabric is?  We’ve got you covered with Tom Rascon’s guide to Data Fabric.