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On 18 January, IBM announced a $62 million contract with the US Army to build and manage a secure private cloud data centre at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. The deal represents the start of a new era in the US military’s use of technology, as it is the first time the Army has opted to outsource large-scale data management to a private company within a military installation.
In the coming years, the Army is expected to consolidate hundreds more data centres in this way. The transition to commercial cloud-hosting presents various security challenges, which must be carefully considered if the Army is to maintain current levels of data privacy and security.