The Pentagon has ordered Defense organizations that operate more than 100 of its data centers to begin migrating their applications to milCloud 2.0, the new on-premises commercial cloud service managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency.
In a May 3 memo, signed by then-DoD Chief Information Officer Essye Miller, the department listed a total of 105 data centers that will be affected by the mandate. Each are operated by DoD “fourth estate” agencies, including the Defense Logistics Agency, the Defense Finance Accounting Service, the Defense Health Agency, DARPA and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
According to the directive, which was first reported by NextGov, Defense agencies have until March 2019 to move systems that have already been virtualized into milCloud. The rest of the workloads have a later deadline, September 2020, in order to give their operators time to get them “cloud ready.” The mandate also applies to systems that are already hosted in DISA data centers, but are in legacy environments that are not part of milCloud.