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Dave Bennett: DISA to Examine Internal Cloud Options in Commercial Push

David Bennett
David Bennett

Dave Bennett, chief information officer of the Defense Information Systems Agency, has outlined the technology trends at the agency and the organization’s move to meet future requirements in an interview with C4ISR & Networks published Friday.

Bennett told reporter Amber Corrin that DISA is exploring different cloud computing approaches, including the agency’s own internal private cloud platform “milCloud.”

He said DISA also wants “to take advantage of commercial cloud for that publicly releasable information, and also hybrid for commercial cloud behind the DoD fence line, extending the DoD fence line around commercial capabilities,” according to the report.

The agency has been using commercial off-the-shelf products and services in the public domain for enterprise email, Bennett told the publication.

“Our desktop capabilities, our SharePoint enterprise solution … commercial products are now one of the first things we look at when we identify a requirement that needs to be satisfied,” he said.

Bennett said mobility is also key to providing enterprise capability at DISA and that the agency is developing a classified version of its NIPR mobile devices, C4ISR & Networks reports.

“Virtual desktop infrastructure is another big one. It really gives you the flexibility to have your desktop wherever it is you want to see it, and to move from platform to platform,” he told Corrin.

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