Section 22B provides IT projects and IT procedures with a future-proof platform and services to ensure the smooth operation and the efficient provision of scalable applications as a reliable partner. The aim is to enable the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees to meet the requirements of a digital authority. This goal is achieved by implementing a platform solution that is operated by Section 22B.
Cloud services are defined as services that are delivered in the course of application development that can be accessed offering a high degree of standardisation and automation, mostly with self-service capability, dis-pensing with the need for manual provisioning. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees is reaping major benefits from the introduction of platform solutions on its premises and the flexible use of private and public cloud services that are part of a hybrid cloud strategy, namely faster delivery, a higher level of security, better scalability and greater flexibility during peak loads. Section 22B is currently working on building the platform and defining the corresponding services in order to en-sure timely and full commissioning. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees' platform will in future be managed by Section 22B and will consist of three layers, namely application, platform and infrastructure. Cloud platforms are all about abstraction: each of the above-mentioned layers should only be used for their intended purpose. All the other functions of the platform are to be accessed from highly-standardised, underlying layers. By adopting a future-oriented hybrid cloud platform solution, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees is playing a pioneering role in the use of cloud technologies in Germany's public administration.
The three layers of the cloud platform describe best what cloud platforms actually involve and how they work.