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Defense Agency Eyes Partnership With Industry to Move Apps to Cloud

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The Defense Logistics Agency intends to continue partnerships with industry to move applications to the cloud, Federal News Network reported Friday. Officials want to move 90 percent of all apps and systems to the commercial cloud in the coming years.

Michelle Jacobs, director of the agency’s hosting office, said nearly 60 percent of all apps are in the cloud with plans made to accelerate the transition of services to commercial providers.

“In 2016, we had only migrated two applications. We improved to 57 in 2017, and last year we ended up with 189 application environments that we had actually migrated,” she said. “Since the beginning of 2019, we’ve also completed 10 additional application migrations. Our end state goal would be 100 percent of our applications in the cloud.”

The hosting office is reviewing the app architecture to determine requirements in moving to the cloud and deciding whether to migrate apps as a software-as-a-service. Jacobs said the cloud helped the agency save nearly $85M in its modernization efforts over the last three years.

Officials plan to leverage commercial services with a new pilot that will explore how its SAP system would work in the Amazon cloud.