Officials nixed the use of offshore storage.
The Defense Information Systems Agency plans to award seven to 10 contracts for its $450 million commercial cloud buy announced June, according to responses to questions from vendors the agency posted yesterday.
DISA said it would consider offers that include a mix of public clouds -- storage open to anyone -- or private clouds dedicated to its use. Officials wisely nixed the use of cloud storage outside the United States.
The agency also said it would consider the use of a commercial cloud designed to support a diverse group of mobile smartphones and tablets.
DISA plans to release the final commercial cloud RFP on Aug. 26.