The Defense Department’s IT support agency is officially accepting vendor proposals for an upgrade to its departmentwide cloud infrastructure.
The Defense Information Systems Agency filed a request for proposals Friday to find a cloud contractor to develop phase one of milCloud 2.0, a program meant to make the DOD’s cloud system more commercial in nature and all-around more efficient and cost effective.
The milCloud platform “is comprised of a shared information technology (IT) infrastructure and single security architecture to achieve full spectrum superiority, improve mission effectiveness, increase security and realize IT efficiencies,” DISA explains on its website.
The DOD has used milCloud 1.0 since 2013, but the new version will change how defense mission partners get billed — flexibly and only for the services they use instead of a set amount each month.
By sharing infrastructure costs among mission partners, milCloud 2.0 could also be an “economical alternative” to data centers John Hale, DISA’s chief of cloud services, said in May.
Hale has long been a supporter of the milCloud upgrades and commercial cloud in general. He called the RFP a good sign for the future Monday on Twitter.
“While only 1 step in bringing commercial cloud into DoD, it’s a huge one,” he tweeted.
Phase two of the project, which will take longer than the first, will focus on “providing capability on the classified and unclassified networks, involving more data centers and more workload,” DISA said.
The contract will have a three-year base period with five one-year options, according to the solicitation. The agency intends to negotiate a single indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.
“By leveraging cloud capability — both commercial on-premise and off-premise capability — we can bring significant savings to the department and we can also provide a new, agile functionality to our mission partners going forward,” Hale said in May.
DISA originally anticipated releasing the phase one RFP June 9, according to a May presolicitation.
Correction: July 13, 2016
An earlier version of this story misstated the period of performance for the solicitation. It will have a three-year base period with five one-year options
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