CGI to assist EPA move mostly into cloud in 3 years

Goal is to help agency shift 80 percent of its computing environment to the cloud by 2015.

CGI Federal Inc. will assist the Environmental Protection Agency move into a cloud environment under a three-year, $15 million contract from EPA’s Office of Environmental Information.

The U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group Inc. will help EPA shift up to 80 percent of its computing environment to the cloud by 2015, according to the June 27 company announcement.

As part of the three-year plan, EPA’s National Computing Center is building an agencywide hybrid cloud environment.

CGI will serve as the external enterprise cloud provider, delivering a range of services, including hosting and virtualization in its secure cloud.

The company also will provide technical architecture and transition support for moving agency applications to the cloud.

The plan calls for moving up to 20 percent of the EPA environment to the cloud in the first year, and then 30 percent in each of the two following years, Toni Townes-Whitley, senior vice president of CGI, said in the news release.

The contract was awarded under the General Services Administration’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) BPA, through which CGI is accredited to deliver certified, secure government cloud services.

CGI’s clients for its secure federal cloud infrastructure include the Homeland Security and Labor departments, National Archives and Records Administration, GSA and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

CGI Group Inc., of Montreal, Que., ranks No. 32 on Washington Technology’s 2012 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.