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Navy Announces Transition to ‘Flank Speed’ Cloud Collaboration Platform

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The Navy workforce will begin transitioning to the Microsoft 365 cloud-based collaboration and productivity environment on June 1. 

The service will issue a series of emails to approximately 266,000 personnel who are using Commercial Virtual Remote and Navy Marine Corps Internet O365 for them to gain access to the new M365 cloud environment called Flank Speed, the Navy said Tuesday.

The announcement comes as the Department of Defense prepares to sunset the CVR platform on June 15 and NMCI O365 by Oct. 1. Flank Speed will provide users access to one terabyte of OneDrive storage, Teams and M365 productivity suite. 

The zero trust-based cloud environment will support unclassified systems and those operating at Impact Level 5 and allow users to download data using government-furnished equipment with a virtual private network connection. 

The Navy said about 472,000 users are expected to secure access to Flank Speed by the end of fiscal year 2021.

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