JWCC is not a cloud ‘competition’
The Pentagon’s newest multi-cloud effort may change how the division buys enterprise companies, in accordance with a high protection IT official.
Sharon Woods, the manager director of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s cloud computing program workplace, mentioned the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) program doesn’t compete with different protection cloud efforts and that finally, it may make it simpler for DOD parts to get the enterprise companies they should fulfill their missions.
“JWCC is not in competition with other cloud efforts. It is augmenting and filling for gaps and because of the relationships [between DISA and the military departments]…we’re able to collaborate together to figure out how do we best meet the requirements that are very complex across the department,” Woods advised reporters Dec. 14, following an AFCEA DC occasion on the DOD’s joint cloud technique. “And that means using a variety of capabilities, not just one contract, not just one capability. It needs to be an orchestrated suite of capabilities, if you will.”
Woods mentioned that when JWCC is awarded, DISA’s collaboration with the army departments will turn into extra vital as they work to determine what wants exist.
“I think it’s important to remember the capability gaps that JWCC is solving for in the first place. There are capability gaps that are unmet in the areas of all classification levels out to the tactical edge, inclusive of built in, accredited, cross domain solutions that are available over a number of different vendor platforms,” Woods mentioned through the occasion.
“I think there’s a lot of undiscovered territory on the tactical edge. I think the Navy provides some really important use cases. But if we can’t make JWCC work for the Marine Corps or for the Navy or for the Army — think about Space Force and satellite-as-a-service and all these things — if it doesn’t work, JWCC failed. I mean, that’s really what it’s there for.”
Earlier this 12 months the Defense Department deserted its plans to pursue the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract, which was awarded to Microsoft however closely contested in lawsuits. JWCC is a strategic pivot designed to be multi-vendor targeted from the start. DOD introduced the 4 contending cloud suppliers invited to compete for the contract on Nov. 19: Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft and Oracle.
Woods mentioned the brand new path with JWCC goals to “remove a lot of the barriers that have slowed down mission owners: contracting, acquisition, task orders, how the funding flows” and construct a clear vector or “superhighway for mission partners to be able to quickly place orders and get capability” with out having to undergo their very own months-long acquisition course of.
The cloud director mentioned connecting throughout classification ranges, particularly outdoors of the continental U.S., is essential for JWCC to work.
“And this is where industry’s transport fabric is; it is global. So I think that when I’m talking about capability gaps, that’s the issue. It’s not that the technology doesn’t exist, it’s that DOD hasn’t really had a pathway for the entire department,” Woods mentioned.
When requested about DISA’s contingency plans in case JWCC doesn’t materialize, Woods mentioned focus stays the identical.
“The [Hosting and Compute Center (HaCC)] is responsible from data center to on prem cloud to commercial cloud and so we are investing time and energy and making sure that those capabilities are modern, that they are continuously onboarding improved capabilities,” Woods mentioned, “and that focus will persist regardless of what contract or acquisition is in flight.”
Lauren C. Williams is senior editor for FCW and Defense Systems, overlaying protection and cybersecurity.
Prior to becoming a member of FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, the place she lined all the pieces from web tradition to nationwide safety points. In previous positions, Williams lined well being care, politics and crime for varied publications, together with The Seattle Times.
Williams graduated with a grasp’s in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor’s in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She will be contacted at [email protected], or comply with her on Twitter @lalaurenista.
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