The guidance essentially codifies certain actions that have already occurred. For example, in August, Amazon Web Services became the first authorized commercial cloud provider to host sensitive unclassified data for DoD.
Two years after the Defense Department released a strategy to implement cloud computing, several elements have still not been completed that could potentially result in lost cost savings, decreased effectiveness and lower security – findings that the department disagreed with, a Dec. 4 audit revealed.
A memo to be released next month will allow the military services to handle their own acquisition of cloud computing technology rather than requiring them to work through the Defense Information Systems Agency.
The Defense Information Systems Agency closed its Huntsville, Ala., data center on May 30, a move that is expected to save the Defense Department about $3.2 annually.
Oracle Corp. has filed a protest to a $427 million cloud storage contract for the Defense Information Systems Agency even before it's been awarded.
A pair of notices posted to FedBizOpps June 20 show the DoD is looking to purchase enterprise apps at a discount to host on its app store as well as gather strategies for fostering custom mobile app development. It also has a number of questions about how to best support commercial mobile devices while ensuring compliance with National Security Agency security and privacy standards.
The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency did a first for a U.S. intelligence agency by opening an account on open source site GitHub earlier this month. The NGA uploaded two related projects to the online repository and version tracking system in early April – one for geographic tasking system web app developed with the Django web framework, and the other a set of installer software for running the web app on a virtualized platform.
The Air Force began the rollout of 5,000 iPhones and iPads to modernize its commercial devices earlier this month.
The Air Force headquarters has transitioned its unclassified email accounts to the Defense Department's cloud-based email system, DoD Enterprise Email.
The Joint Information Environment, an effort to upgrade and standardize Defense Department information technology infrastructure and services, still isn't a program of record but it does come under the oversight of the director of operational test and evaluation.