DISA Plans To Tap Seven to 10 Vendors for Commercial Cloud Buy

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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.