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DISA pushing apps to MilCloud 2.0

The Defense Information Systems Agency has moved nearly 30 of its own unclassified applications to MilCloud 2.0 and plans to begin migrations to the classified version later this year.

David Bennett, DISA's operations center director, told reporters during the agency's forecast to industry event Nov. 4 that DISA has moved 28 of its own unclassified applications to MilCloud 2.0 and the Defense Contract Management Agency recently completed migration of 29 applications in 90 days.

The migrations were going well overall, and Army Materiel Command has also committed to migrate all of its apps to MilCloud 2.0, said Army Maj. Gen. Garrett Yee, assistant to DISA's director.

"We recognize, the department recognizes, we will continue to be in a multi-cloud environment. There will be a big, general purpose cloud, there will be MilCloud 2.0, there will be special purpose clouds," Yee told reporters. "The reality is there will be a combination of lots of cloud capabilities; it's a matter of finding the right capability for an application to be hosted some place."

DISA also plans to have a classified version by January 2020 but is waiting on approval before migrating. The agency is also developing a group of cloud shared services and backend capabilities providers can use without having to create their own, Bennett said, which aims to reduce costs and deliver a more consistent "look and feel in terms of delivering and leveraging services within the cloud."

About the Author

Lauren C. Williams is a staff writer at FCW covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at lwilliams@fcw.com, or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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