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Cloud Technologies, Innovation and Services

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Cloud Services

The ARS Dev Cloud is a distributed environment for DevSecOps and the entire Digital Engineering efforts of your program. The ARS DevCloud is an environment where each of the government and contractor teams can work and collaborate in a secure manner. DevCloud provides tools, technologies, and patterns to keep your software safe. From low-level embedded software to cutting edge web-clients and everything in between, DevCloud will empower your developers, improve efficiencies, and ensure they can be highly productive from almost anywhere...securely.

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Technical Description

ARS DevCloud is built on the Azure Cloud, using Azure Kubernetes Service, Azure App Gateway, and Azure Storage, and integrates with your existing Office 365 accounts. DevCloud is CloudOne compliant and tested, and works through DISA GCDS Web Application Firewall. This means that users can access DevCloud capabilities on NIPR net and other US government networks.

Unified Identity

Supports Single-Sign-On (SSO) using
OpenID Connect protocols. Directly
tested with AF Portal CAC authentication
and Azure active Directory.

100% GOTS

With unlimited Government
rights, the DevSecOps is built free
of proprietary implementations.

Flexible

Each program chooses their licensing
levels, applications and capabilities
that suit their mission. We have
many popular apps ready to deploy.

MBSE Ready

We have Cameo and TeamWorkCloud
ready to go to provide your program
with a full MBSE capability.

ScalabIe

Virtual Machines scale up as needed
and Keep costs in check by utilizing
capabilities that turn off unused
resources during non-peak hour.

Customizable

Every DevCloud includes full
branding for your program and
provides a unique home.

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Capabilities and Features

Account Management

  • Sign in using O365 Accounts or AFPortal (CAC)

  • Request a new account

  • Update account information

  • View the global directory of users

  • Organize, plan, align, and track project work by team members

Source Code Management

  • Git based source code management and version control using GitLab

  • Support for groups and projects

  • Self managed, role-based access for projects and groups

  • HTTPS cloning restrictions by IP-Range to prevent cloning of sensitive source code outside of the cloud

  • Private groups / projects support proprietary and sensitive source code by team members

Package /

Library Management

  • Request packages for popular languages such as: Javascript (NPM), Go, C/C++ (Conan), .Net (NuGet)

  • Request packages for softwareinstallations such as Yum and Chocolatey

  • Transfer and install the packages into the environment for developmental usage automatically

  • Completely track and auditavailable packages

Self-Service Virtual Desktops

  • Organize, plan, align, and track projectwork by team members

  • Shared drives for data and applications

  • Dynamically configured by users

  • SaltStack provisions software
    on
     each user

  • VM. Many existing SaltStack 
    options available

DevSecOps Pipelines

  • Fully automated and manually triggered pipelines in GitLab

  • Includes static scanning of source code supporting a wide range of programming languages

  • Create and scan container images

  • Trigger via webhooks Organize, plan, align, and track project work by team members.

Agile Project Management

  • Manage backlogs in GitLab

  • Group issues into Epics and Milestones

  • Support task dependencies and multiple assignments

  • View the global directory of users Rollup tasks from all projects in a group into a single backlog

  • Graphical Kanban and sprint boards

License / Restricted Access

  • Provides the capability for you to determine what applications require per mission to access, whether commercial software licenses (like Gitlabor Office 365), or software that is simply restricted access

  • Create new virtual machines by choosing the operating system, size, and the software that you want

Web-Based Development

  • Develop and Test code completely in your web browser using coder enterprise

  • Use Visual Studio code

  • Run a light-weight coding environmentin Kubernetes that starts in two minutes or less

  • Light weight WebIDE in Gitlab

Tailored Capabilities

  • Want More? We have integrated many other software tools:

    •  AFSIM – Full AFSIM Desktopand DevSecOps Pipeline

    • Flight Test Data – Custom FlightTest data management suite

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Cloud Service Types and Tiers​

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IaaS​

Infrastructure as a Service​

PaaS​

Platform as a Service​

SaaS

Software as a Service​

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is a type of cloud computing service that offers essential compute, storage, and networking resources

A complete environment in the cloud, with resources that enable you to deliver everything up to enterprise applications

Cloud-based software delivery model in which the provider develops and maintains cloud application software

Serverless and VM Software are other categories of note that ARS  has significant experience in.

  • IaaS forms the basis of most of our architectures. ​

  • We use Terraform as our IAC (Infrastructure as Code) language​

  • We orchestrate 100’s of VMs with Terraform and our own Golang based orchestration tool (for end users) with intelligent size selection based on quotas​

  • We utilize the “Well Known Architecture” approaches for AWS and Azure​

  • Multiple environments, Azure, AWS with edge devices​

  • We believe in the AWS LZA and MS MLZ offerings to provide a core / foundational level of security and utilize CSP specific cyber security controls for environments

  • PaaS offerings today are mostly Kubernetes powered. ARS has experience with Azure Kubernetes Service and the AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service​

  • Everything from automated deployments with ArgoCD, Ingress and Ingress Controllers, Secret management, and the new CSIs​

  • We typically prefer Kubernetes deployments over all others and use Helm and Kustomize as necessary​

  • We deploy our APIs, and UIs in Kubernetes as well as several COTS (GitLab, Artifactory, Jira, Confluence, etc)​

  • We integrate CSP specific ingress options (like Azure App Gateway)

  • SaaS is a huge category of offerings. ARS utilizes and makes available CSP provided SaaS. Like S3, RDS, etc.​

  • SaaS is based on the eye of the consumer and ARS provides third party COTS offerings to our tenants as SaaS​

  • We have extensive experience securing SaaS behind single sign on

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AWS Net-Zero “Green” Data Centers Initiatives​

“AWS is focused on efficiency and continuous innovation across our global infrastructure, as we continue our path to powering our operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025. AWS is committed to achieving Amazon's goal of net-zero carbon by 2040. – AWS”

Moving to AWS Can Help ​
Significantly Lower Carbon​

Studies by 451 Research have shown that AWS’ infrastructure is 3.6 times more energy efficient than the median of U.S. enterprise data centers surveyed and up to five times more energy efficient than the average in Europe. 451 Research also found that AWS can lower customers’ workload carbon footprints by nearly 80% compared to surveyed enterprise data centers, and up to 96% once AWS is powered with 100% renewable energy—a target we’re on path to meet by 2025.​

The following AWS Regions
were powered by over 95% renewable energy:​

North America​

US East (Northern Virginia), GovCloud (US-East), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), GovCloud (US-West), US West (Northern California), Canada (Central)​


Europe​

Europe (Ireland), Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (London), Europe (Milan), Europe (Paris), Europe (Stockholm)​

ARS is partnered with AWS to meet Net-Zero “Green” Data Centers Initiatives   ​

Azure Net-Zero “Green” Data Centers Initiatives​

Azure, as a part of Microsoft, has been 100 percent carbon neutral since 2012. This means we are removing as much carbon each year as we emit, either by carbon removal (carbon offsetting) or reducing carbon emissions. 

Studies by 451 Research have shown that AWS’ infrastructure is 3.6 times more energy efficient than the median of U.S. enterprise data centers surveyed and up to five times more energy efficient than the average in Europe. 451 Research also found that AWS can lower customers’ workload carbon footprints by nearly 80% compared to surveyed enterprise data centers, and up to 96% once AWS is powered with 100% renewable energy—a target we’re on path to meet by 2025.​

AZURE Can Help ​Significantly Lower Carbon​

Evolving beyond an operational approach Sustainability is often viewed from an operational point of view, with the environmental mission treated as a cost center in the business, as a risk or compliance to be managed. But for Azure, datacenters and sustainable cloud infrastructure are more than just business—they provide an incredible opportunity to give back to the communities where we operate. 
Azure has committed to focus on four key areas of environmental impact to local communities—carbon, water, waste, end ecosystems. 

ARS is partnered with Microsoft to meet Net-Zero “Green” Data Centers Initiatives   ​

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