The Department of Defense plans to award contracts for its Defense Enterprise Office Solutions program in a bid to utilize commercial cloud to improve operations and secure military networks this summer. The multi-award DEOS contract will help DoD standardize, centralize and cut costs in operating and maintaining servers, AFCEA International said Tuesday.
“With each command having its own boxes to maintain, you greatly increase the attack surface that the opposition has,” said Karl Kurz, chief engineer for the unified capabilities portfolio at Defense Information Systems Agency. “Industry is moving away from installed applications and application keys in favor of a subscription service where you pay on a set rate or pay a premium for extra services.”
DEOS will provide DoD a cloud-based platform for a productivity suite, messaging, content management and collaboration. The Pentagon also aims to use the enterprise to offer software-as-a-service on the Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network and Secret Internet Protocol Router Network inside and outside the continental U.S.
DEOS is the first of three capabilities under DoD's Enterprise Collaboration and Productivity Service strategy. The agency plans to start transition to DEOS in 2020.