Defense Agencies Review Fourth Estate Apps for Cloud Migration

The chief information officer for the Department of Defense partnered with the Defense Information System Agency to conduct an analysis to determine which applications should continue operations for fourth estate organizations, Federal News Network reported Monday.

John Hale, chief of cloud services at DISA, said the analysis will guide federal defense agencies in their consolidation initiatives. 

“We looked at the individual applications, what they were hosted on, what environments there were, how many servers, storage and interactions with other systems, and out of that we put it through a series of software analysis tools and out of that came a set of recommendations that the DoD CIO’s office published in an internal report,” he said. 

The analysis determined the applications that should go to MilCloud 2.0, off-premise commercial cloud, traditional platforms or stay in its current location. 

The CIO from Defense and DISA also found duplicative efforts among the 28 fourth estate agencies, including the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Missile Defense Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office.

As part of its cloud initiatives, DISA is upgrading its MilCloud 2.0 offering to allow mission partners to operate in a secret environment. The agency plans to begin using the platform in August. 

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