[21 Oct 16] HUNTSVILLE, AL

From Federal News Radio…(Read the full story)

The U.S. Army has awarded IBM a long-awaited contract to run a pilot program that officials hope will pave the way toward a future in which the service relies much more heavily on the commercial IT industry to run cloud-based computing centers on its behalf, including for high classifications up to and including secret-level data.

IBM won the work as a task order under the Army’s Private Cloud II indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract. The $62 million award includes one base year and four option years, during which the company will build, then own and operate a data center on Army property at Redstone Arsenal, near Huntsville, Alabama.

The project, known as the Army Private Cloud Enterprise, represents the first time the Army has contracted with a private company to run a large-scale data center inside the gates of a military installation.

BTI President Tim Brockwell said, “We are very excited and honored to be a member of the outstanding Team that IBM has assembled for this pivotal program.  As a member of the IBM Team, BTI will provide Information Assurance Engineering, Systems Engineering, and Network Engineering services to support the Compliance Management, Accreditation, Authority to Proceed (ATO), Release and Deployment, and Network Administration functions.  We could not be happier about this very rare opportunity to participate on such a very important pilot program.  It’s a very exciting thing, being able to work with IBM to help the U.S. Army begin implementing its Cloud Computing strategy.”