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Army accelerates cloud migration

As part of the its data consolidation plans, the Army awarded 50 firms contracts to help it move its systems to a commercial cloud environment.

The Army Cloud Computing Enterprise Transformation (ACCENT)  contract, with a ceiling of $247 million, will issue Basic Ordering Agreements for cloud hosting services. The three-year contracts are for application analysis, security requirements analysis, documentation, modernization and virtualization as well as technical engineering, migration scheduling, business process reengineering, data preparation and migration planning, according to the Army.

In addition, the comprehensive effort will involve interface transition planning, service transition planning, cutover planning, back out planning, and go-live support, Army officials explained.  

The Army’s effort to streamline its information technology portfolios has been underway for a few years. The ACCENT deal will accelerate and advance this effort.

As of December 2016, the Army had successfully closed 433 data centers and has been making measured progress toward reaching its goal, Army information stated. Army officials also said the movement to the private cloud will reduce the services’ cyber attack surface.

Industry experts have been exploring technology to further expedite cloud migration, using techniques to increase elasticity and capacity for data networks.

“The private cloud coming into DOD essentially allows for elasticity. When you connected two networks in the past, it was done through a VPN or some point of extension. All traffic is treated the same. If you build a virtual structure that is segmented, allowing nodes on the network to communicate as though they are working on the same switch, you can operate within the same enclave,” said Erdis Amiryar, senior systems engineer with Netcentric, which is working with the Army on the project.

All ordering on ACCENT will be through the Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS), which is the Army’s designated source for commercial IT purchases.

This article first appeared on Defense Systems, a sister site to Government Cloud Insider.

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Kris Osborn is a former editor of Defense Systems.

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