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DHS issues call for infrastructure modernization

The Homeland Security Department wants a single contractor to migrate its two main data centers to a cloud environment.

The final solicitation for the $3.4 billion Data Center and Cloud Optimization (DCCO) contract was posted Jan. 14. DHS is looking for greater efficiency, better quality data, more security and better mission support from its IT infrastructure.

First to move will be Data Center 1, which provides the underlying hardware infrastructure along with operating systems and network optimization appliances. DC1 is currently located at the NASA Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and features over 2,000 physical servers, 1,660 virtual machines and 765 terabytes of provisioned storage.

The DCCO contractor will provide IT services to manage, operate, automate, optimize and modernize the DHS Hybrid Computing Environment, which consists of data centers and commercial and private cloud services, DHS said in its performance work statement. DHS also plans to add infrastructure-as-a-service offerings and colocation facilities to “extend the capacity, scalability, and redundancy of DHS enterprise computing capacity,” DHS said.

The contractor will provide data center-based hosting and IaaS obtained from commercial cloud services and CSP services hosted in government cloud approved environments.

Once DC1 is migrated, Data Center 2 will be moved.

Responses are due Jan. 21.

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