cloud migration

Army modernizing, moving apps to ‘cArmy’ cloud

The Army is looking for help modernizing and migrating its applications and data to commercial cloud environments.

In an April 14 request for information, the Army Enterprise Cloud Management Agency said it wants a contractor to conduct deep application assessments and modernize and migrate applications for cloud environments at Defense Department-authorized impact levels 2, 4, 5 and 6. 

Most of the applications will migrate into ‘cARMY,’ the Army’s enterprise cloud environment that currently offers shared services in Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure clouds at IL 2, 4 and 5, with plans to develop common shared services at IL 6. Prior to migrating into cARMY or any commercial cloud, the Army wants applications to be evaluated and modernized, using cloud native design principles, to take advantage of the full benefits of commercial cloud. 

The contractor will first thoroughly assess applications’ architecture, data, performance, integration and cybersecurity to determine the best ways to move them to cARMY. With the assessments in hand, the Army can better decide whether and how to refactor, replatform, recode or replace applications. 

Applications that will be modernized prior to migration must follow Agile development and DevSecOps principles and focus on user experience using the Army’s Coding Resources and Transformation Environment tools and services. The contractor is also expected to provide maintenance and continual application enhancements as well as training, if required.

For planning purposes, the Army said it expects to modernize and migrate between 50-150 applications each year to commercial cloud.

Responses are due April 28. Read the full RFI here.

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