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IBM to Build Army Private Cloud Facility Under $62M Task Order

cloudITIBM (NYSE: IBM) has received a potential five-year, $62 million task order to build and operate a cloud-based computing center for the U.S. Army‘s highly classified data, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jared Serbu writes that IBM will establish the pilot Army Private Cloud Enterprise facility at  Redstone Arsenal in Alabama under the task order.

The order contains one base year and up to four option years and was awarded through the Private Cloud II indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.

An Army Contracting Command spokesman said the new data center will be established to serve as a transition point for applications currently hosted at the Army’s Redstone data centers, according to the report.

“There are 24 data centers there, 11 of which belong to the Army, and the goal is to move those apps into this new environment, ” Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell, the Army’s chief information officer, was quoted as saying by the station.

Serbu reports the Army plans to migrate some of the branch’s systems to the new facility over the next five years.

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