Apparently the navy has not made as much progress on data centre consolidation and moving to the cloud as it wants to and will change tactics later this year.
John Zangardi, the Navy’s deputy assistant secretary for command, control, computers, intelligence, information operations and space and acting chief information officer said that Data Centre control will have to move to better align consolidation efforts with network efforts and more fully use the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) contract.
He said that the Navy realised that it had to shift from a mistaken belief that all its data had to be near instead of somewhere in the cloud.
He said that this was a big shift for many within the department. It’s not going to be an easy transition.”
Since 2012, the Navy has made some progress. Zangardi, said over the last three years, the Navy has consolidated 290 systems and apps across 45 sites. But overall, he said getting bases and commands to move faster just isn’t happening.
Zangardi picked three data centres that are lagging behind and required them to develop a plan to consolidate and move their data to a centralised data centre.
The Navy is rationalising its large scale apps. Zangardi said too often people hold their applications and servers close.
He told Federal News that while the Navy is open to using commercial or public clouds. .