Marines planning to virtualize desktops
- By Defense Systems Staff
- Jan 08, 2014
The Marine Corps, having virtualized its IT infrastructure years ago, is now looking to put secure virtual machines on desktops.
The Marine Corps Systems Command has issued a request for information https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=378ea22aa33e2b35a9d4f3cc94b05524&tab=core&_cview=0 seeking industry input on a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that can work on classified networks.
MCSC wants respondents to address the technical challenges and estimated cost of a classified VDI, while answering four questions:
1. Which available VDI solutions can meet all of the Corps’ requirements?
2. Does the government's technical approach limit industry offerings?
3. Do companies responding to the RFI hold a government wide acquisition contract or other contract vehicle that allows outside agency ordering authority?
4. Do companies, based on their experience, have any lessons learned on total-solution VDI packages similar to this?
The Marine Corps is looking for a provider to develop and deliver a high-availability system that will be installed on garrison classified networks, according to the RFI.
Responses are due by 2 p.m. Eastern time on Jan. 20.