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DIA Eyes C2E Cloud Contract for Storage, Edge Computing; Jack Gumtow Quoted

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Jack Gumtow
Jack Gumtow Chief Information Officer DIA

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) plans to use the Commercial Cloud Enterprise (C2E) contract for storage, edge computing and other areas and Jack Gumtow, chief information officer of DIA, said storage-as-a-service is one of the capabilities he intends to focus on once C2E becomes ready, Federal News Network reported Friday.

“If a program needs, for example, 100 gigs worth of data, but in reality they only use 10, and we’ve allocated 100, I’ve got 90 gigs that are just spinning and is never used. So we’re buying that much storage when I only need a percentage of that storage. I think storage-as-a-service will help change some of that,” Gumtow said.

DIA also plans to use the follow-on to the Commercial Cloud Services contract to bring cloud to the edge and one of those efforts is the modernization of a classified environment for the intelligence community called the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communication System.

“We’re going to completely modernize that with three levels of effort. The first LoE is a technical refresh because it’s dated and a lot of the equipment is at the end of life. The second one is enhancing security. The third one is the modernization piece,” he said of JWICS modernization.

In November, the CIA awarded the C2E contract to Amazon Web Services, IBM, Microsoft, Google and Oracle.

Gumtow was one of the panelists during the Potomac Officers Club’s 2nd Annual CIO Forum. If you missed the virtual event, you can still access the On-Demand footage by visiting the Potomac Officers Club Event Archive.