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Security Optimization and Fault-Tolerance in Cloud Architecture (SOFTCloud)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-12-C-0137
Agency Tracking Number: F11B-T30-0196
Amount: $99,963.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF11-BT30
Solicitation Number: 2011.B
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-03-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
303 Bear Hill Road
Waltham, MA -
United States
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Andrew DeCarlo
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 890-1338
Business Contact
 Andrea Hicks
Title: Contracts Supervisor
Phone: (937) 429-9008
Research Institution
 Vanderbilt University
 Sara B J.D.
Room 937 Baker Building 110 21st Ave South
Nashville, TN 37203-7203
United States

 (615) 322-2631
 Nonprofit College or University

ABSTRACT: DoD and government information systems need to dynamically and securely share information between different US, allied, and coalition agencies at multiple levels of classification and need-to-know. As the amount of data available to intelligence analysts continues to increase greatly, DoD and government agencies are showing increasing interest in cloud computing platforms. Cloud computing not only allows users fast and efficient access to vast amounts of data, but also supplies a framework for powerful distributed applications that can help analyze the data in a timely, actionable manner. However, the most advanced cloud computing systems use public deployments, which do not factor in advanced confidentiality, privacy, and trust issues inherent in confidentiality and need-to-know. Moreover, cloud computing systems are also prone to cascading and propagating errors, and do not presently meet the DoD"s stringent reliability requirements. In order to make cloud computing a viable and popular platform for confidential DoD/IC systems, Infoscitex (IST) proposes Security Optimization and Fault Tolerance in Cloud Architecture (SOFTCloud), which offers a robust suite of security, privacy, and fault-tolerance improvements to cloud infrastructure. SOFTCloud is designed to ensure need-to-know, prevent cascading failures, and protect against attacks on data pedigree. BENEFIT: SOFTCloud"s infrastructure improvements, such as proactive fast failover and backup resource overbooking, prevent cascading failures by isolating anomalies where they occur and rapidly fixing these anomalies. SOFTCloud"s primary-backup replication consumes fewer resources than traditional (active-active) replication while delivering comparable performance. Thus, SOFTCloud supports more end users, balances loads better across applications and users, and makes cloud computing tenable for resource-constrained environments. SOFTCloud"s hierarchical data management system ensures need-to-know in the cloud and prevents targeted attacks. Additionally, SOFTCloud"s robust digital watermarking prevents the cloud from being used for malicious purposes and ensures data pedigree against cropping, scrambling, ambiguity and unauthorized removal attacks. There is a widespread need for SOFTCloud in military, government, and commercial markets. SOFTCloud"s key military and government application is in sharing data and applications across service branches (Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines) and government agencies (e.g., FBI, CIA, DHS). Data and applications may also be shared with coalition forces (UK, Australia, etc.) as well. Commercial applications include improvements on cloud infrastructure in e-commerce, as well as making the cloud tenable for high-security and high-privacy data used in the healthcare and banking industries.

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