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Army Awards $250 Million Cloud Contract

The U.S. Army has awarded nearly $250 million to a group of contractors to consolidate data centers and provision on-demand IT services and storage via a private cloud.

Companies included in the firm-fixed-price contract to create the Army Private Cloud (APC2) are Lockheed Martin, IBM, HP Enterprise Services, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, MicroTech and Criterion Systems, according to the Department of Defense (DOD).

The Army will use the contract to acquire cloud-computing services to consolidate data centers from more than 200 to fewer than 20 by establishing a private cloud, according to the original RFI for the contract, which was obtained by Informationweek Friday.

The Army also will use the cloud to provide on-demand provisioning for storage and systems, according to a source from one of the subcontractors on the project.

via InformationWeek Government, continued here.