Feeds

General Dynamics, HP fluff up $249.8m Army cloud

Private cloud, Sir!

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

The US Army has signed a $249.8m deal with primary contractor General Dynamics to manage the creation of something called APC2, and, no it's not a new armored personnel carrier, but rather the next-generation Army Private Cloud. (Sir!)

The contract, which covers the next five years, is what is called an "indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity" contract, and is part of the Army's LandWarNet initiative, which seeks to lower the Army's IT bill by consolidating data centers and moving to cloudy (and therefore more flexible and more highly utilized) infrastructure. It is a major effort. (Sir!)

In a statement, General Dynamics (Sir!) said it operates more than 200 data centers around the world and has fielded more than 6,000 tactical data shelters and containerized systems for the Army to date.

According to a report in Defense Systems, IBM, Lockheed Martin, HP, Northrop Grumman, Criterion, and Microtech are also eating at the APC2 mess.

What all of them are doing is unclear at this point, but HP's own statement notes that the company's Enterprise Services outsourcing unit was tapped by GD for setting up private clouds in commercial facilities and buildings owned by Uncle Sam.

HP is also building containerized data centers for the Army to deploy adjacent to existing facilities or tactically during overseas operations. HP is partnering with Alabama A&M University and ten other small businesses to provide network maintenance, supply chain, cloud operations, and other support.

You know how Congress likes to spread the money around their districts.

The Army has hundreds of data centers, many of them underutilized, and is trying to shut down 185 of them by 2015. Last September, the Army lowered the boom (surely that was the Navy?) and halted new data center build outs and renovations and shot down (surely that is the Air Force?) any new requisitions for new servers because it has so much excess capacity. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead
Bring your own disks to its object appliances
Nimble's latest mutants GORGE themselves on unlucky forerunners
Crossing Sandy Bridges without stopping for breath
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.