The SMCE provides the following benefits to NASA Principal Investigators (PIs):



Quick and cost-effective access to large quantities of storage and processing for data and computing

Accelerate project research with fast access to high performance, agile information technology (IT)

Provides an infrastructure for seamless transitions from development to production environments

Reduced project delays



Elastic resources enable scaling up or down based on computing and storage needs while optimizing costs and usage

Enables the ability to manage user accounts within their project while the SMCE monitors and tracks user roles, security policies, and more

Projects can grow and shrink quickly according to requirements



Maximizes research investment by spending less time on IT

Instantly know how much projects are spending in proportion to time and make decisions to minimize costs

Simplified methods for transferring funding to support requirements and begin conducting research

Near real time access to charges enabling cost control



Encourages collaboration by making it easy for projects to share data and resources

Encourages NASA-funded researchers to develop cloud-native products adhering to NASA standards and promotes easy end-user implementations and reuse of developed tools

Projects can agilely work with end-user communities to build the tools they need

Faster adoption of capabilities by end-user communities

Drives up innovation by reuse of developed tools and collaboration


Reduced Risk

Provides control of software and the computing environment while still maintaining NASA security requirements

Supplies services for security logging records of all cloud activity, defining user roles and permissions, approval for projects, trusted templates to start projects, and continuous scanning for vulnerabilities

Projects can obtain the resources they require

Eases the transition to production with identical development and production environments

Incorporates security throughout the project through managed environments