Verizon joins team for US Army cloud computing
Verizon has announced that it has joined the General Dynamics-led team that will help the US Army move to cloud computing, enabling it to lower costs and consolidate data centres.
Under two contracts, the team will develop and implement fixed and mobile cloud computing capacity for the Army under the Area Processing Centres Army Private Cloud 2 initiative, known as APC2. The five-year, multiple-award contracts have a combined potential value of $249.8 million to all awardees. As part of the General Dynamics team, Verizon, through its IT services unit Terremark, will provide infrastructure, including cloud assets designed to meet federal security guidelines, and server, network and storage capacity, for the initiative.
APC2 is a new component of the LandWarNet strategic initiative, which encompasses all Army information computing capabilities such as collecting, processing and storing information. Through the programme, the Army intends to lower application migration, hosting, administration and maintenance costs by moving to cloud infrastructure and reducing the number of data centres it operates.
Under the APC2 Fixed Suite 1 contract, Verizon will work with General Dynamics to establish a secure, reliable and cost-effective computing platform for the Army. Under the Mobile Suite 2 contract, Verizon will work with General Dynamics to provide a mobile data centre solution to support business continuity plans and cases where rapid deployment of computing is critical.
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