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DHS Makes Plans for Large-Scale Cloud Migration

March 27, 2019 / Phil Goldstein

The Department of Homeland Security is gearing up for a major migration to the cloud, and has sought industry input on how to best make what will be a massive shift in how it manages its IT. Last month, DHS released a request for information on the topic and noted that its internal Cloud Steering Group is managing the implementation of “a federated, enterprise-wide strategy for accelerating the modernization and migration of our IT applications and infrastructure” to the cloud, and is optimizing the agency’s data centers for the cloud. DHS says it is “committed to a hybrid IT, multi-cloud, federated and vendor neutral approach.”Time is of the essence, since DHS’ Data Center 2 contract expires in June 2020. DHS headquarters and components like Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are all planning to be part of the migration, the RFI notes.