DoD Cloud Projects to Watch

It seems nearly every government agency is moving some part of its infrastructure, platforms or software into the cloud. But that job is tougher for some agencies than others.

For instance, if you’re an especially large agency, with staff operating in every environment across the globe, and you’re dealing with massive amounts of incredibly sensitive information, you might have a tougher go of it. The Defense Department fits that bill.

But these challenges haven’t stopped DoD from foraying into the cloud and even developing procedures for moving more sensitive data into a cloud environment.

To date, the department has 3.4 million users, about 4 million endpoint devices (that includes laptops and computers), more than 1,700 data centers and some 500 different cloud initiatives. To expand beyond public cloud and pilot projects, there are efforts underway aimed at accelerating the use of commercial cloud — some of which we detail in this report.

In it, we highlight three key DoD cloud initiatives, what they entail, why they’re a big deal and what’s next:

  • Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud program
  • Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) pilot project with the U.S. Transportation Command
  • Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) milCloud 2.0