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What is JWCC?

In July 2021, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced a new direction for enterprise cloud services called the Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability (JWCC). It will provide the DoD with enterprise cloud solutions and hyper-scale cloud services through a new multivendor IDIQ contract.

When fully executed, the JWCC will lead to a multivendor enterprise cloud that spans DoD across all security levels. The JWCC will allow the DoD mission to achieve the multicloud benefits realized by a large majority of enterprise organizations that have embraced multicloud as a core strategy. Multicloud provides better mission fit within architectures, offers broader innovations for future missions, better resilience from single source failures, and economic benefits from competitive options. Due to the massive increase in multicloud use, industry standards and solutions now allow for easy migration, portability, virtual networking, management, and governance of multicloud environments to break down any barriers to adoption.

Why is Oracle Cloud a fit for JWCC?

Oracle Cloud is uniquely engineered as a next-generation cloud architecture. It brings new levels of security to cloud operations and faster networks with a wide array of high-performance compute and storage. It is designed for multicloud operations and is priced for better economics. Oracle, as one of the leading hyperscale cloud providers, has worldwide presence and dedicated operational regions for DoD missions. Oracle will support JWCC by providing cloud services dedicated to meet a variety of DoD warfighter missions that can be made available in accordance with the DoD’s projected JWCC timelines. Oracle Cloud supports DoD need for enterprise cloud under JWCC to include, for example:

  • Full range of IaaS, PaaS—from the core to edge: Oracle Cloud delivers a full range of high-performance compute, storage, and virtual networking, along with a broad offering of platform services for data management, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), integration, and DevSecOps. These capabilities are offered across hyperscale, redundant cloud regions and down to tactical edge cloud devices that can operate in intermittent communications environments.
  • Built for multicloud operations:: Oracle Cloud delivers true multicloud capabilities including open standards APIs, virtual cloud interconnectivity and gateways, portable data formats, movable workloads between clouds, cross-cloud analytics and AI, standard identity management, open source automation, and multi-cloud DevSecOps pipelines.
  • Next-generation security: Oracle Cloud is engineered with a cybersecurity design that is unique over first generation clouds. Oracle Cloud is inherently bare metal-based, with virtualized compute options. The entire virtualized network is segregated from compute and storage making the control plane inaccessible for better security from threat actors. This brings new levels of tenant isolation and significantly reduces the attack vectors for better cybersecurity posture while at the same time providing a higher level of performance and I/O due to the flat network and bare-metal architecture. Oracle Cloud also has unique security features allowing for compartmentalization of a tenancy for “need to know”, and maximum-security zones that make it less likely a developer through human error will expose a cloud tenancy to cyber vulnerabilities.
  • True open source: Oracle deploys open source services to ensure API compatibility with core open-source project code to mitigate the risk of platform lock-in, and also applies a robust third-party software security assurance program to ensure the security of the open source code.
  • Support for multidomain operations: Securely and easily move data across domains, including both warfighting domains (including maritime, air, land, space, and cyberspace) and network security domains (Unclassified, CUI, Secret, Top Secret).
  • Complete flexibility: With easy integration into DoD enterprises, Oracle Cloud delivers comprehensive portability of applications and data. The result is a solution that accommodates existing workloads, including legacy systems, VMware-hosted workloads, and cloud native applications. Oracle Cloud VMware Solution is the only customer-managed, native VMware service available in public cloud or in DISA IL5-authorized clouds.
  • Interoperability: Multicloud partnerships with Microsoft, VMware, and Equinix bring true private-to-public and native Azure-to-Oracle cloud interoperability.
  • Better economics: Oracle Cloud provides low, predictable costs and low egress fees, which result in a better experience for cloud-based consumption and data movement strategies.

Beyond these cutting-edge technical capabilities, the Oracle platform also offers a practical benefit for DOD: Oracle Cloud is a known quantity across government operations. Today, Oracle Cloud is already in use across multiple federal agencies and is available via major government contract vehicles. With decades of commitment to the federal government, Oracle’s extensive public sector and national security expertise not only demonstrates that Oracle is qualified for the high-security requirements of government, it also reinforces that Oracle Cloud technology is critical for optimized mission outcomes.

Oracle’s innovative cloud solutions for JWCC

From dedicated, unclassified FedRAMP and DISA-authorized regions, to Secret and Top Secret regions and tactical edge solutions, Oracle Cloud will support JWCC with innovative cloud capability.

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Security and identity and access management

Oracle Cloud is built to eliminate outside and inside security threats inherent to most existing cloud solutions, freeing resources while safeguarding sensitive data. Natively secure capabilities, such as tenant and virtualized networking isolation, compartmentalization within a tenancy, and maximum-security zones ensure that Oracle Cloud delivers consistent security, identity, and access management. Oracle Cloud was designed with automated, always-on, and architected-in security (PDF).

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Data flexibility

Oracle Cloud’s commitment to open source, open standards, and open data formats expedites data movement, allowing unprecedented freedom for application migration and streamlined development. Oracle Cloud supports all standards-based data formats such as Graph, Spatial, Relational, In-Memory, JSON, XML, and NoSQL/Key Value. Oracle Cloud also has support for data services ranging from data science, data integration and migration, to SQL anywhere, serverless functions, Kafka compliant services, and Spark stream processing of objects in data lakes.

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Performance and scale

With a legacy of running large-scale workloads while managing and protecting critical data assets, Oracle Cloud leverages its data expertise to provide secure and open creation, publication, protection, and management of data at all echelons. For intensive compute and analytic workload requirements Oracle Cloud offers HPC with native RDMA, bare-metal compute, GPU compute, high I/O storage, and low-latency networks to deliver performance and scale for the most data- and process-intensive workloads. Oracle Cloud also offers Exadata Cloud Services and Oracle Autonomous Database, which provide data processing for worldwide mission-critical databases needing millions of IOPS and high transaction rates with stringent uptimes and the highest security.

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Low pricing and comprehensive value

Oracle Cloud’s many features, from a robust marketplace ecosystem of third-party technology partners to embedded AI and machine learning, all come with predictable low pricing and comprehensive service-level agreements. Oracle offers flexible invoicing that only charges for actual usage of IaaS and PaaS cloud services, which will enable DoD to manage its budget through controlled expenditures.

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Integrated cloud applications

Unique to Oracle Cloud are Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) services for the JWCC program. Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications support DoD mission readiness with the most complete, connected SaaS suite. By delivering a modern user experience and continuous innovation, Oracle is committed to DoD’s success with quarterly updates across the entire mission: finance, human resources, supply chain, manufacturing, projects, procurement, maintenance, and service.

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Cloud native development

DoD organizations are looking to be more responsive to mission needs by quickly providing new, interoperable solutions to warfighters at the edge and then rapidly improving over time. Cloud native development tools in Oracle Cloud accelerate that process with familiar, open source tools and processes for developers.

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Interoperability

In the rapidly changing environment warfighters face, interoperability is key. This means that each individual cloud provider within the entire multicloud network should ideally be built to embrace multicloud and openness. Oracle Cloud was designed to embrace multicloud by:

  • Using portable data standards such as Object Storage, SQL, Key Value, OGC Spatial, Property Graph and JSON. Keeping to these standard formats allows easy data movement across clouds and support analytical access.
  • Interoperable analytics allows analysis, machine learning and AI to be conducted regardless of where the data resides across the enterprise, even with other clouds.
  • Cloud Native Compute Foundation standards allow for portable containerized workloads to operate in any multi-cloud environment
  • Virtual networking gateways for intercloud connections include native connections with Azure
  • Standard-based identify management for identity federation across cloud environments
  • Open standards APIs and integrated automation to simplify monitoring and management of multi-cloud architectures
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Advanced data analytics

DOD has identified data analytics as a key component of JWCC, and in a world where every device can be a data source, it makes sense to prioritize generating insights from heavy volumes of data. Oracle Cloud provides a broad range of analytic services that are true multicloud platforms. Oracle Cloud provides data science and ML training, predictive modeling, data visualization, AI-powered insights, trending, and reporting on data that resides in any data source, including open source databases, other cloud offerings, and on-premises data stores.

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Tactical edge at scale

The military’s tactical cloud initiative processes data on the edge, enabling warfighters to get critical information in near-real time. Oracle’s Roving Edge Infrastructure supports secure encrypted mission workloads at the edge that are compatible with cloud workloads. This enables warfighters to build in the cloud and deploy to the edge. The service operates even without any communication with Oracle Cloud. If communications are available, data can be synced between the edge and the cloud. Oracle Cloud edge services also provide scaling for growth, high performance compute, GPU processing, and platform software for data management, edge analytics, stream processing, and mission applications in tactical rugged environments.

To learn more, discover Oracle’s multicloud offerings for federal and Oracle’s solutions for federal government at www.oracle.com/federal.