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DISA considers unified capabilities in the cloud

Jan. 22, 2014 - 04:31PM   |  
By NICOLE BLAKE JOHNSON   |   Comments
DISA's Martin Gross says the agency is considering unfied services.

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The Defense Department is working through its delivery model for enhancing voice, video and collaboration services and offering those capabilities over the Internet.

“One of the big questions is what we’re going to buy as unified capabilities as a service,” said Martin Gross, a program executive officer for the Defense Information Systems Agency. DISA is considering what capabilities it will build within DoD’s current infrastructure and whether commercial clouds can provide the service, Gross said Tuesday during an AFCEA event near Washington.

DoD would acquire unified capabilities as a portfolio rather than a single procurement, he said. He expects requests for information to be released in the next few months, but it will likely be a year before industry sees a request for proposal.

“We’re doing a lot of work right now with the Air Force, the Navy, with STRATCOM, with the Army and looking at what we’re going to do on the client side, and what we’re going to buy to be able to tie into the infrastructure,” Gross said. That may require launching pilot programs to review requirements and determine what capabilities can be offered using DoD infrastructure or commercial cloud.

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