By Ryan Granato
immixGroup, an Arrow Company
Advanced infrastructure capabilities have been of increased focus within the Department of Defense since executive directives pushed agencies to innovate and move away from legacy systems. Regulations such as the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, the Data Center Optimization Initiative and Cloud First policies have continued to fuel the need for next-generation infrastructure. As more agencies begin to execute these policies, we expect to see demand for more efficient infrastructure to continue to grow. The key to selling these solutions to DOD will be in understanding the pain points and crafting appropriate messaging.
Here are three examples of how the DOD is utilizing next-gen platforms:
- DOD has been leading the government in the hyper-converged space with their notable Joint Service Provider (JSP). The JSP provides IT infrastructure and business automation tools to more than 38,000 customers in the DOD. Receiving a healthy $590M in funding for FY19, JSP is one of the largest IT infrastructure programs in the DOD. Major General Brian Dravis and Ms. Lytwaive Hutchinson currently lead the JSP program at DISA.
- Another program gaining more attention is the National Background Investigation System (NBIS), led by Terry Carpenter at DISA. In FY18 it was announced that the Pentagon would handle background checks for federal clearances. Because of this, we expect to see significant funding boosts here. DISA will be looking to modernize their enterprise IT architecture and data platform to increase efficiencies and reduce the historically long and expensive clearance process. In July of 2018, Perspecta was awarded a $49M OTA. This program was scheduled to go live in October but has been delayed. At their recent forecast to industry, DISA announced that Terry Carpenter would be taking the helm as the executive, showing that the NBIS is very close to going live.
- At Navy, we will continue to see increased investments into enterprise architecture. The big fish here is the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program coming into FY19 with $600M in funding. CANES is a tactical network system designed to consolidate command, control, communications and computer systems while allowing for more flexible and frequent IT updates. Upgrades to CANES software is scheduled for every two years, while hardware is scheduled every four. This upgrade schedule provides ample opportunities for industry to get aboard. Any solutions built around the Navy’s current pain points regarding data storage and edge analysis in afloat environments will be welcomed with open arms.
The Pentagon will continue consolidating legacy systems onto more efficient infrastructure. It is paramount to understand the missions that legacy systems support in order to tailor any solution discussions with relevant program managers.
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