Cloud Services

Cloud Services

Our team helps customers meet Federal “Cloud First” initiatives by providing cloud solutions and services that include Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The GAMA-1 team possesses expertise in infrastructure virtualization, developing and deploying cloud-based applications, migrating websites and applications to the cloud, delivering virtual desktop services and applications, and implementing private, public, and hybrid cloud solutions.  Importantly, we support our customers in developing security strategies and frameworks for the cloud, which include identity management, networking, data, applications, and services. 

We apply and adhere to security guidelines and policies and regulations for identify management, information security, and security controls and checklists (e.g., FISMA, FIPS, HSPD-12, NIST, etc.).  Our technical staff provide cloud infrastructure support, cloud orchestration, agile development, DevOps, monitoring, and metrics to enable customers to migrate IT systems and services from their traditional data centers to public cloud environments such as AWS and Microsoft Azure. In addition, we know and understand the FedRAMP program and work directly with FedRAMP authorized products and service providers to develop cloud solutions for our customers.  GAMA-1 has also developed and deployed private cloud solutions for remote application and desktop services to create more effective security boundaries between mission and administrative IT systems and services. 

  • Cloud Solutions and Services: 
    • Platform as a Service (PaaS), 
    • Software as a Service (SaaS), 
    • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Infrastructure Virtualization
  • Cloud-based Application Development and Deployment
  • Website and Application Migration
  • Virtual Desktop Services and Applications
  • Private, Public, and Hybrid Cloud Solutions Support Services

Our Experience

Cloud Project Performance: Working in collaboration with NESDIS, ACIO-S, OCIO/SDD, and AWS; we successfully researched, developed, tested, and assisted in the evaluation of an emerging technology Cloud pilot. GAMA-1 effectively exceeded the pilot objectives including securely ingesting external and inspect satellite data, while providing both data integrity and quality checks from six external data providers to include foreign national (EUMESAT, UCAR, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)) and commercial weather data (GeoOptics, Spire). As a result, NESDIS’ Secure Ingest Gateway Project (SIGP) is a highly scalable, portable, stable, and secure cloud-native network environment with ~4000 CPU cores, unlimited object storage, and 10Gbps direction connection from AWS to the NOAA N-WAVE to AWS. SIGP’s “Leaner, Meaner, and Faster” engine consists of native-cloud services and an HPC framework that allows for parallel processing, significantly improving processing performance and scalability.

Realizing the intended Business Technology IT investment value, to date, the SIGP has ingested over 40 data sources from satellites and ground radar sources from NASA, University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M), UCAR, EUMETSAT, NOAA Big Data Projects, ISRO, and Commercial data providers: Spire and, GeoOptics, etc. As well as, delivering data in real-time to the NESDIS STAR Program Office for scientific evaluation purposes. Achieving cost avoidance of approximately $1.2M, because no on-premise infrastructure capital expenses were required to build SIGP in the cloud. NESDIS did not have to procure servers, network equipment, storage, racks, OS, or any other infrastructure to support SIGP. The $1.2M does not include productivity gained by having the resources ready for use from day 1. SIGP met the NESDIS enterprise service implementation requirements to ingest external data, perform data quality checking, data integrity auditing, and make data available to internal users for 15 days via internal distribution systems. While the pilot leverages an AWS cloud-native solution, the HPC framework provides for mobility that can also be applied to an on-premise solution and/or other CSP (Azure) as it allows for the architecture, application processes, and technologies to ensure external data is securely ingested, processed, and made available for distribution to authorized users.

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Nine Federal employees were awarded the NOAA Bronze Medal by Dr. Neil Jacobs
“For successfully leading a comprehensive analysis of NOAA’s future satellite architecture requirements, options, probable costs, and cost benefits. As well as outstanding leadership in the development of a Secure Ingest capability that leverages an innovative approach using commercial cloud services.”

“GAMA-1 staff, although we could not include you in the Bronze Medal Award (feds only), we clearly could not have accomplished the success of the secure ingest pilot without each of you all. Words cannot express my gratitude for the level effort each of you put forth to make this successful. Next stop, operations!”
 Irene Parker, NESDIS ACIO