John Hale: Commercial Providers Will Operate DISA’s Next milCloud Iteration on DoD Property

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cloudJohn Hale, chief of the Defense Information Systems Agency‘s cloud portfolio, has said commercial providers will maintain and operate DISA’s future milCloud 2.0 private cloud platform on Defense Department property with access only available to DoD data and users.

Hale told an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association symposium audience that DISA plans to continue hosting in traditional data centers despite cloud computing enhancements, according to a DISA release published Wednesday.

“There is always going to be the need for traditional hosting in a DoD data center,” said Hale.

“There are certain workloads that just do not fit well in a virtualized or cloud model.”

DISA added milCloud 2.0 will also differ from milCloud 1.0 in how industry partners will be paid as providers will receive payment for consumption of service instead of on a monthly basis.

The first of two phases of milCloud 2.0’s deployment will occur later this year with the placement of a commercial provider into a few data centers under phase one.

Phase two includes delivery of services on classified and unclassified networks and will involve more data centers and workload, DISA added.

MilCloud 2.0 will also work to feature a proposed Secure Cloud Computing Architecture to enhance access security previously offered by cloud access points, DISA noted.

The agency published a draft functional requirements document for the proposed SCCA framework which will be open for industry and DoD comments through May 31.

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