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US Army taps IBM for $62 million private cloud data center

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US Army private cloud data center

US Army private cloud data center

For the United States Army, security is a top concern. It’s a big reason why it chose IBM to build out and manage a private cloud data center at its Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Alabama.

The contract for the data center would be worth $62 million over five years, if the Army exercises all its options. Along with the data center, the agreement also gives IBM the go-ahead to provide infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solutions to migrate applications to the cloud. The goal is to move 35 apps within the first year.

The agreement requires Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Impact Level 5 (IL-5) authorization, which IBM announced it had received in February 2016. The authorization gives IBM the ability to manage “manage controlled, unclassified information.” As of this week, IBM is the only company to be authorized by DISA at IL-5 to run infrastructure-as-a-service solutions on government property. The Army expects to move IBM to IL-6 authorization, which would permit the company to work with classified information up to “secret,” within a year.

Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell, US Army CIO, said, “Cloud computing is a game-changing architecture that provides improved performance with high efficiency, all in a secure environment.”

Last year, the Army partnered with IBM on a hybrid cloud solution for its Logistics Support Activity.

For more about this new private cloud data center, read the full article at TechRepublic.

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