Army Plans to Cut 8K Apps for Future Hybrid Cloud Migration

Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, chief information officer of the U.S. Army, has announced plans to reduce its more than 8,000 applications over the next 12 months to utilize hybrid cloud, Federal News Network reported Monday.

Crawford said the service branch is identifying which apps can migrate immediately, and those that should end its operations or take time to move to the cloud. 

“It’s not just about putting our data in the cloud,” he said. “We’ve got to be able to access that data so our identity credentialing, authentication and access management steps have to be taken in order to complete the circle.”

Crawford expects the Army to put nearly 5,000 apps in the cloud as some should remain in legacy data centers. The service plans to maintain 306 of its current 1,300 data centers by fiscal year 2022 to host data that is too sensitive to put in a commercial cloud.

“We have some important data that sits in a couple of our data centers so while we are experimenting, we want to make sure we bring that with us as part of the experiment so we can solve some of these problems,” Crawford said.

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