DHS Plans Data Center Migration Ahead of 2020 Deadline

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Jeff Brody

The Department of Homeland Security has migrated most of its systems and applications to the cloud and is planning to close its data center in Virginia next year, FCW reported Wednesday. The data center in Mississippi, known as Data Center One, will serve as a consolidated and modernized environment for the department’s 153 systems and 8,000 devices supported by the Virginia-based Data Center Two.

“One of the things that was really key for us is to figure out, of the 153 systems, which ones are ready to be moved to the cloud? And what we found was many of our systems were not really IT modernized to do that,” said Carlene Ileto, executive director of DHS’ infrastructure service division, following an American Council for Technology Industry Advisory Council event.

DHS plans to divide the transition of the non-cloud ready systems to DC 1 and the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center in Virginia. The department is also considering letting some systems run within DC 2 after the 2020 deadline to serve as backups for disaster recovery operations.

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