George Mason University (GMU) and Systems Engineering Operations Research (SEOR) department have been tasked by Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) and Lockheed Martin (LM) to work on the assessment of migrating some of the software applications that NOVEC currently uses to the cloud environment analyzing the technical and financial perspectives. The Cloud Computing Team (CCT) composed of graduate students has been tasked to work on this project. Official sponsors of this project are NOVEC, and LM (who is in charge of Information Technology (IT) management of NOVEC’s infrastructure).
Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) is a utility company in northern Virginia, providing electricity to more than 150,000 customers every day. To provide its service, NOVEC uses several software applications, which are locally hosted and maintained in its data center. Lockheed Martin (LM) is in charge of maintaining NOVEC’s Information Technology (IT) infrastructure (including hardware and software applications). In order to improve current IT quality and expenditures, LM would like to explore the assessment of moving some of NOVEC’S core applications to the cloud environment. Therefore LM, in coordination with NOVEC, has proposed this project to GMU to perform a high-level assessment study to evaluate the cloud option including its financial and technical perspectives.