This project requires that the solutions considered must ultimately be Authority to Operate (ATO) certified, support dozens of users in an interactive mode via portal, provide adequate application execution performance, and support Common Access Card (CAC) users.
One of the requirements of the project was that the solution needed to be able to support users running on Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) machines. In particular, users cannot install arbitrary client software on their machines, so any solution must be compatible with officially supported software.
For practical purposes, this placed the following constraints on any potential long-term solution: users can only connect with a remote desktop client that is already installed on their machine. This limits solutions to the Microsoft Remote Desktop Client that ships with the versions of Windows installed on the existing machines. Web-based solutions are a possibility, but they must work with Internet Explorer.
This project explored Cisco-based OpenStack private community cloud alternatives for the short and long term, developed implementation plans, hosted selected applications (IHDE, LEAPS), provided quick-turn demonstrations, and addressed security requirements.