U.S. Army Selects IBM for $62M Cloud Deal
January 19, 2017
U.S. Army has signed a five-year, multi-million dollar contract with
IBM to build, manage and operate a cloud solution for greater IT
flexibility, efficiency and performance.
Designed for the Army’s Redstone Arsenal, near Huntsville, Ala., the
solution is part of the Army Private Cloud Enterprise (APCE)
program, a one-year task order with four additional one-year options
under the Army Private Cloud 2 (APC2) contract.* If the Army
exercises all options, the contract would be worth approximately $62
million over the five years.
In addition to building the infrastructure, IBM will provide the
Army with Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) services, enabling it
to provision computing power on an as-needed basis for the most
efficient and cost-effective IT. The Army also will begin migrating
applications to the private cloud, moving up to 35 applications to
the private cloud in the first year.
“With this project, we’re beginning to bring the IT infrastructure
of the U.S. Army into the 21st century,” said Lt. Gen. Robert
Ferrell, U.S. Army CIO. “Cloud computing is a game-changing
architecture that provides improved performance with high
efficiency, all in a secure environment.”
This project required Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
Impact Level 5 (IL-5) Provisional Authorization. Information impact
levels consider the potential impact of information being
compromised. IL-5 gives the cloud provider the authority to manage
controlled, unclassified information.
IBM is the only company to be authorized by DISA at IL-5 to run
Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions on government premises. IBM
announced the accreditation in February which included a condition
limiting the initial number of tenants in the cloud; that condition
was removed in September.
The distinction renders IBM an ideal partner for the Army as it
undertakes this on-premise private cloud initiative. The Army
expects IBM to achieve DISA IL-6 – the agency’s highest level –
within one year, which would certify IBM to work with classified
information up to “secret.”
today are increasingly looking at the cloud as a pathway to
innovation,” said Sam Gordy, general manager, IBM U.S. Federal.
“This IBM Cloud solution will provide the Army with greater
flexibility and will go a long way toward mitigating, and, in some
cases eliminating, the security challenges inherent with multiple
ingress and egress points.”
Today’s news builds on IBM’s strong relationship with the Army,
which last year adopted an IBM hybrid cloud solution for its
Logistics Support Activity. Through the solution, the Army connected
its on-premises environment to the IBM Cloud for greater
performance, scalability and security.