Dana Deasy, chief information officer at the Department of Defense and a 2019 Wash100 winner, said the Pentagon will move 14 components to the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud environment beginning in February as part of the initial deployment of the platform, Federal Times reported Thursday.
Deasy said the early adopters that will first use JEDI on the tactical edge include the U.S. Navy, Transportation Command, Special Operations Command and the Joint Special Operations Command.
The early adopters will help the Pentagon "learn fairly quickly what it takes to actually now go from the strategic vision to the ability to stand it up and to bring it to life,” Deasy added.
The Pentagon wants Microsoft to start the implemention of the unclassified cloud environment in the next two months as part of the $10B JEDI contract awarded to the company in October. A classified version of the platform is expected to be deployed six months after the initial rollout.
DoD will meet with Microsoft officials every two weeks to discuss the 60 to 70 services that need to be available to set up the unclassified version of JEDI.