NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS) recently awarded an Enterprise Cloud task order, which provides a flat-rate contract for up to 200 petabytes of egress capabilities and discounted storage services through Amazon Web Services to meet operational requirements. The enterprise task order “NESDIS Enterprise Egress Solution” was issued under an existing NOAA Business Purchase Agreement with SAIC & Carahsoft, which began June 29, 2022.
The three-year, $15 million task order will facilitate the consolidation of multiple cloud service task orders into a single task order, which will provide robust dissemination services for NESDIS' operational partners while ensuring free and open public access to all NESDIS data. The fixed-price nature of this egress award will accelerate cloud migration, creating opportunities for increased value delivery to the users with a faster research-to-operations transition and future cost avoidance for refreshing on-premises systems. The flat-rate egress will spur innovation, as NESDIS will pivot to the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning tools in the cloud. Finally, this new cost structure allows NOAA to offer free and open data without the financial risk of pay-as-you-go egress.
NOAA and NESDIS recognize the benefits of cloud computing, including the potential cost efficiencies of a reduced capital and sustainment footprint, agility to meet new and changing business requirements, resiliency, and dynamic scaling to accommodate variable capacity demands and the ingest of new, external environmental data sources and products.
For more information, please visit the NESDIS Office of Satellite Ground Services website.