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DISA pulls MilCloud migration RFI

The Defense Information Systems Agency has cancelled its request for information for the rapid migration of MilCloud 2.0, less than two days after its release.

An Aug. 31 Federal Business Opportunities post signaled the termination with the message "At this time, the RFI is being cancelled in its entirety." No additional explanation was provided.

The RFI, which was released late Aug. 29, aimed to assist in conducting market research to help DISA understand available capabilities "relevant to automated Cloud Migration techniques."

The original RFI, which is still available, also sought migration solutions that could "duplicate the suite of servers used with an application from their current environment into a cloud environment built on Apache CloudStack technology and KVM hypervisor."

DISA had been migrating workloads since May, prioritizing applications on MilCloud 1.0, and those located in the DISA data centers. The rapid migration was expected to start with support defense agencies, known as the "fourth estate," by 2020.

Caroline Bean, DISA’s MilCloud 2.0 program manager, said in an Aug. 21 announcement that the migration is in process. That announcement followed a DISA-hosted workshop with fourth-estate agency heads in July.

The migration process begins with the DOD CIO sending a team to organizations to help them define their systems, plan migration decisions and complete a triage assessment that allows agency leaders and application owners to spot where retooling legacy systems may be necessary. The DOD CIO team then approves the migration and hands the reins over to DISA for the full move to milCloud 2.0.

Each fourth-estate agency is at a different stage in the process, but Defense Collaboration Services plans to migrate its chat functionality and web conferencing capabilities in September and October, respectively. Additionally, the Defense Technical Information Center is awaiting authorization and plans on piloting an application soon.

DISA did not immediately supply comment on the move.

About the Author

Lauren C. Williams is a staff writer at FCW covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at lwilliams@fcw.com, or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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