Four cloud solutions win DOD approval

Four cloud service solutions have been provisional authority to compete for Defense Department contracts, though only for unclassified levels of information,’s Frank Konkel reports.

The quartet of solutions are:

  • Autonomic Resources Cloud Platform (ARC-P)
  • CGI Federal's IaaS solution
  • Amazon Web Services' Government Community Cloud
  • Amazon Web Services' East/West U.S. Public Cloud

Cloud computing is expected to bring the DOD substantial savings, but much of the savings will occur when high-risk unclassified data is handled by the cloud – the four solutions have only been authorized to handle the lowest two levels of unclassified data.

DISA Chief Technology Officer David Mihelcic said he expects formal CSP assessments for higher-risk unclassified data to begin in the second quarter of 2014.

Draft CSP standards for classified data have yet to be officially released.

About the Author

Zach Noble is a staff writer covering digital citizen services, workforce issues and a range of civilian federal agencies.

Before joining FCW in 2015, Noble served as assistant editor at the viral news site TheBlaze, where he wrote a mix of business, political and breaking news stories and managed weekend news coverage. He has also written for online and print publications including The Washington Free Beacon, The Santa Barbara News-Press, The Federalist and Washington Technology.

Noble is a graduate of Saint Vincent College, where he studied English, economics and mathematics.

Click here for previous articles by Noble, or connect with him on Twitter: @thezachnoble.

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