Calibre signs $250m agreement to support US Army's transition to cloud computing


Calibre Systems has signed the army cloud computing enterprise transformation (ACCENT) basic ordering agreement (BOA), which is valued at around $250m.

The ACCENT programme supports the US Army's transition to a commercial cloud environment or an Army Enterprise Hosting Facility (AHEF).

The army is currently moving designated IT applications, systems, and associated data to authorised commercial cloud service providers (CSP) and consolidating data centres to AHEF.

Under the agreement, Calibre will provide commercial cloud service offerings and IT support.

"Calibre will leverage its deep army background and commercial cloud expertise to continue our tradition of supporting the army in completing its mission."

Calibre Systems vice-president and account manager Chris Hall said: “The ACCENT BOA will be the army’s preferred source for cloud computing.

“Calibre will leverage its deep army background and commercial cloud expertise to continue our tradition of supporting the army in completing its mission.

“ACCENT is intended to be used by all army commands and organisations that require commercial cloud hosting, data centre migration, transition support, and application modernisation services.”

The ACCENT programme covers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) models and components, which are managed directly by the application or system owner or purchased as a service from the cloud service provider.

The BOAs allow the army to obtain commercial cloud hosting services with any combination of service or deployment models and impact levels.

The US Army's cloud requirements may also include mobile computer solutions that provide cloud access through smartphones and tablets.