The Department of Defense released a set of answers to frequently asked questions about its initiative to accelerate cloud adoption within the department. Guided by the Cloud Executive Steering Group (CESG), the DoD is looking for solutions for storing unclassified, classified, and top-secret data in the cloud.
Known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) Cloud, the planned contracting action will be a full and open competition. The JEDI Cloud will serve as an acquisition vehicle that will be readily available throughout the Department of Defense.
Establishing a solution for cloud adoption is planned in a two-phase strategy. The first phase involves finding the right cloud options and partners. This phase involves establishing JEDI Cloud. This involves various C-level executives and department directors. In this phase, no existing cloud implementations are expected to change. Only new solutions are being added.
The second phase is the actual migration and implementation of cloud solutions. This includes coordinating with various defense departments to determine their needs and create a solution that maintains security and efficiency.
Questions Left Unanswered
The FAQ left a lot of questions unanswered.
The White House’s original orders were for an acceleration of cloud adoption within the Federal government. Beyond that, we know that the Department of Defense plans to do so through this two-phase plan.
Contracts will be awarded once a strategy is finalized, but we don’t know how many companies or which companies are being vetted.
One contract we do know about that is not a part of the JEDI Cloud program is a $950 deal announced in early February with REAN Cloud, an AWS premier partner. That contract lasts five years and enables REAN Cloud to assist with migration, IaaS, and other services for the Pentagon.
The FAQ also doesn’t provide any new answers to a lot of questions highlighted in the press release. For example, we don’t know how long a contract awarded by the program will last, or what the CESG has determined regarding the DoD’s existing cloud efforts. The document also doesn’t give a definitive timeframe as to when the program expects to finalize these objectives.
Throughout the FAQ, mention was made of an industry day on March 7, 2018. The DoD said this event, hosted by CESG, will shed light on the program and provide additional answers.