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DISA Issues Draft RFP for $450M Commercial Cloud Contract; Warren Suss Comments

CloudThe Defense Information Systems Agency plans to start the process of awarding a potential five-year $450 million contract for cloud-based computing services by the end of August, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Bob Brewin writes DISA released a draft request for proposals Monday for a project covering storage, database hosting and virtual services in a cloud infrastructure.

Warren Suss, president of Suss Consulting, told Nextgov expects DISA to initially utilize commercial cloud for managing non-sensitive data and administrative operations.

Suss also told Nextgov military end users believe DISA wants to host private clouds in its data centers.

DISA wanted to provide cloud services to all defense agencies from its data center network but Congress directed the Pentagon’s chief information officer to seek commercial cloud providers in the 2012 Defense Authorization Act.

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